By Bill Shields, WBZ-TV

SALEM (CBS) – A long-standing tradition in Salem, Massachusetts has gone to the dogs, or more precisely, gone against the dogs. For years, restaurants allowed dog owners to dine with their pets outside.

The city’s cafe patios were often equal parts dog and owner.

“It’s part of our culture, and definitely part of the culture here,” said the manager of Cafe Gula Gula, Laura Potter. “They’ve been on the patio in the summer. We bring the people their drinks, and the dogs get a bowl of water.”

But recently someone complained to the Board of Health, and sure enough, there’s a state law forbidding animals in restaurants, even outside on the patio. So now, the city’s eateries are dog-free.

It is not sitting well with patrons. “As long as the owners are responsible, I don’t see a problem with it,” said Garrett Pembroke. His friend, Eric Loeffer said, “It’s a nice environment when you have dogs sitting there with people.”

But the city’s health agent didn’t have a choice, although it appears he’s trying to find a solution that can make everyone happy.


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