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New law permits dogs on N.Y. restaurant patios

Al fresco dining in New York may now include dogs, per a state law signed this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Associated Press reports.

The measure, which allows canines in outdoor restaurant areas, was introduced earlier this summer but faced some opposition from health officials.

"In a park or in a sidewalk cafe, people should be allowed to have their dogs," restaurateur Michael O'Neal told the AP. 

Per the legislation, concepts in the country’s fourth largest restaurant market can decide to keep dogs away from outside eating spaces, and if allowed al fresco, pets must be accompanied by a diner as well as on a leash.

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