The Oregon Department of Agriculture is reminding Oregonians that dogs aren’t welcome in grocery stores unless they’re providing a service to the disabled.
“Of all the complaints we receive … pets in a grocery store — especially dogs — is by far our number one issue,” said officials said in a press release on the DOA website. “We’ve received complaints about dogs urinating in the aisle of a grocery store, jumping up and licking packages of meat, or sniffing food items on the shelf.”
The new public awareness campaign uses dog-shaped posters that will provide definitions of service animal and “tips” for consumers who see pets inside stores. Pamphlets will also be distributed to business owners to help them “know what to ask” and “when to ask” when an animal enters a store.
State officials say it is against state and federal law for live animals to enter establishments selling or preparing food, unless the animal falls under a specific exemption of the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The ADA defines a service animal as “any guide dog, signal dog or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.”
Citations will be issued to businesses in violation, not animal owners, according to the DOA website.
Posted by John Woestendiek August 19th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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