Denver will allow dogs at outdoor cafes |

Denver will allow dogs at outdoor cafes

DENVER ” At the urging of the city’s dog lovers, Denver’s health department said Friday that cafes and coffee shops would be able to allow canines on their patios starting Nov. 1.

Currently, state law and city ordinances bar people from bringing their dogs to retail food outlets. Under the change, shop owners would be able to allow dogs on patios were there is no table service.

Those owners must register as a dog-friendly location and post signs warning customers that they will be sharing space with dogs. They also must provide supplies for people to clean up after their pets.

The number of stores allowing people to bring their dogs inside as they shop has grown in recent years in metro Denver, with some of them offering free bones.

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