Dogs now allowed at Calif. restaurants and bars

With a swipe of his pen, Gov. Jerry Brown has ensured Sutter can tag along to some bars and restaurants.

Assembly Bill 1965 makes it easier to bring your pet next time you dine out or grab a drink. The bill permits dogs to join owners at the outdoor sections of food establishments, provided the canine companions are under control and not barred by a city ordinance or a restaurant owner.

Technically, the laws on the books bar pooches on patios. The prohibition derives from public health protections trying to separate animals from places where food is prepared.

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