Doggie dining (on patios) allowed in N.C., Wake Co. attorney throws restaurant owners a bone
Posted: August 25th, 2009 - 9:44am by Ben Chapman
The ongoing saga of doggie dining in North Carolina gets a bit muddier. Today, a Wake County attorney weighed in on health authorities enforcing a "no live animals in food preparation areas" rule by not allowing dogs on patios.
Attorney Scott Warren says he thinks the rule is meant to keep animals out of kitchen areas where food is prepared or pantry areas where food is stored. He says that means it's up to restaurants to decide whether to allow animals on patios, unless federal law protects that right.