Florida state representative wants dogs banned from stores, restaurants

A Florida lawmakers says dogs don't belong inside stores or restaurants. (Photo: NBC News)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WTHR) - There are businesses across the country who cater to their clientele's devotion to dogs.

But one Florida lawmaker wants to make it illegal to permit a dog inside a store or restaurant in The Sunshine State. The only exception, under the proposal, would be registered service animals.

Rose Losardo says her dog Remy is her constant companion.

"I take Remy everywhere," Losardo said. "We're at work right now."

That includes shopping and dining.

"She goes everywhere with me, all the big stores Costco, Walmart, BJ's, Publix. Yes, out to eat all the time," she said.

She just learned of Florida State Representative Bruce Antone's bill. She won't support it.

West Palm Beach resident Frank Osborn may.

"I like dogs a lot," Osborn said. "I don't think restaurants are the place for them."

Rick Gonzalez agreed.

"Maybe outside in a cafe setting is fine, but inside the restaurant they can sometimes get rowdy and out of place and I don't know how hygiene that might be too," he said.

Rick Simon, who owns West Palm Beach's American Craft Aleworks, said they don't have a problem with pets in his restaurant.

"I think this past weekend we had 5 or 6 dogs at one time," said Simon.

Which makes dog owners, like Losardo, ask why a new law is necessary.

"I say no go, find other things, there's a lot more in Florida he can outlaw, that needs to be looked at," she said.

The proposal won't get an in-session reading until January.

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