Restaurants Going to the Dogs: LA County Permits Canines on Patios

It just got easier for pet owners to wine and dine with their dogs

By Olsen Ebright
|  Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012  |  Updated 2:29 PM PDT
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Restaurants are now allowed to welcome dogs onto their enclosed patios, thanks to a change at the LA County Department of Health.

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The Los Angeles County Health Department will now allow dogs to accompany diners into enclosed restaurant patios.

"This lifting of restriction provides a great opportunity to take a walk with your dog and also enjoy your pet's company while dining out," said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, director of the County Department of Public Health.

Before the revision, dogs were only allowed in unofficial dining areas, such as tables placed along a sidewalk without barriers.

The change does not apply to Pasadena, Long Beach and Vernon, and restaurants still get the final say on whether or not allow pets.

"It simply gives restaurants' owners the authority and the opportunity to offer an extra amenity to both their two-legged and four-legged patrons," Fielding said.

Law enforcement dogs and service animals are not affected by the updated policy, Fielding said.

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