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Huntington Beach restaurants ban dogs

September 3, 2009 7:29:38 PM PDT
A Southern California city known for rolling out the welcome mat for dogs is now kicking them to the curb. According to the Orange County Register, Huntington Beach has a no pooch policy when it comes to restaurant patios and its weekly farmers market.

The paper reports that the Downtown Business Improvement District has been handing out fliers and informing businesses about county and city codes that prohibit pets within 20 feet of food preparation or consumption. Violators could be fined up to $500. The rules don't apply to service dogs.

Officials say their main concern is dogs going after food in customers' hands.

Connie Pedenko, President of the Business Improvement District, told the paper a dog went after a child with food. She also says two dogs were snarling at each other during the farmers market.

Some restaurant workers say the no dog policy will hurt business, because they're already having to turn away customers who have dogs.

Huntington Beach was recently named one of the nation's most dog-friendly places by the Irvine-based Dog Fancy magazine.

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