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Bill allowing dogs in restaurants shelved in House

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:34 p.m. HST, Feb 23, 2012


Some dog owners are in full support of a bill that would allow them to bring their pets into Hawaii restaurants.

The state Department of Health and Respiratory and Environmental Disabilities of Hawaii have raised strong opposition, however.

Even self-professed dog lovers have concerns about health and noise issues.

The House Health Committee heard a version of House Bill 2749 earlier this month and came up with a new draft to address some of the issues raised at the hearing. The amended bill was deferred by the House Judiciary Committee today.

The bill would allow restaurant owners to allow dogs in their establishments, provided proper sanitary procedures are in place to ensure no animal waste enters food preparation areas.


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kalaoa wrote:
I've been to several countries where dogs go into commercial establishments, including restaurants so long as the owners act responsibly. Wonder how responsible many owners in Hawaii are. Make sanctions for bad behavior in the bill, too.
on February 23,2012 | 07:02AM
ggum wrote:
hawaii is unique... we have a lot of irresponsible dog owners. i am a dog owner and care very much for my dog, but even i know that allowing dogs into restaurants and other businesses is a bad idea. people in hawaii don't train, vaccinate or supervise their pets adequately. even if businesses could allow pets, would they???.... who would be liable if a dog bites a restaurant patron?
on February 23,2012 | 08:40AM
cojef wrote:
Love pets, but dogs in restaurants is non no for me. Only, "seeing eye" dogs should be permitted. These dogs are trained and can be relied upon not bother others and pose no so serious problems to clients in a restaurant. Agree with you that liability coverage for restaurants will increase. Perhaps, Hawaiian insurance agents will try to sell to dog owners more insurance. Good for the agencies, but bad for the dog owners.
on February 23,2012 | 03:02PM
onevoice82 wrote:
How in the heck will you be able to control feas jumping on other people! This is just the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Please lawmakers, show us why you deserve the big bucks and stop this mindless introduction of silly laws.
on February 23,2012 | 06:15PM
thepartyfirst wrote:
This is what happens when you have a one political party system. They ram anything down our throats!
on February 23,2012 | 08:54AM
Larry01 wrote:
This has nothing to do with the one party system. There are lots of other things you can blame on it, but to say this is a product is just plain ridiculous.
on February 23,2012 | 09:50AM
mokebla wrote:
Pilau, you'll never find me in that restaurant or any establishment serving food with a dog or cat at the table.
on February 23,2012 | 07:14AM
olos73 wrote:
I second that. I hope restaurants put signs on their doors saying they allow dogs. I'll just bypass them.
on February 23,2012 | 11:26AM
LTNHKN wrote:
me 2
on February 23,2012 | 12:04PM
mcc wrote:
Good reason to stay home and cook. I don't want to eat with dogs in the room. Sorry.
on February 23,2012 | 07:33AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Service dogs: Yes. Other dogs: NO! This bill is ripe for abuse by people who just can't stand to not have their mutts with them. If that then becomes the case, I'm not patronizing those restaurants. "Garren-Ball bearen".
on February 23,2012 | 07:36AM
juke wrote:
who let the dog's out?woof woof woof
on February 23,2012 | 07:43AM
brudda1 wrote:
I'm with you. The first time I'm in a restaurant that has a dog and it relieves itself...I will never patronize that restaurant again.
on February 23,2012 | 11:10AM
serious wrote:
The problem is what the heck is a service dog? I live in a condo with a no pet policy and we have dozens of "service" dogs that are nothing but pets and they don't obey--I say keep dogs out of eating areas!!
on February 23,2012 | 03:00PM
shy1234 wrote:
I can't stand seeing dogs in department stores (i.e. Macy's). I won't be going to any restaurants that allow dogs. YUCK!!!
on February 23,2012 | 07:45AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Can you imagine what it would be like to be trying to enjoy a meal in a restaurant when the people at the next table have a pit bull capable of eating you and probably wanting to do just that?
on February 23,2012 | 07:45AM
opirocs wrote:
no need to bash the pitbull, they get enough bad press for absolutely nothing..i don't like this bill either for any kind of dog except service dogs tho.
on February 23,2012 | 04:13PM
Kokoy wrote:
"Animals belong in the barn." - Kenyan roommate from college, circa 1997
on February 23,2012 | 07:52AM
Poidogs wrote:
The majority of the comments are against dogs in restaurants, I, however, support such a bill. Restaurants should be allowed to allow dogs to eat with their patrons in a separate or special area. If passed, it does not necessarily mean that dogs will sit with the owners in the restaurant, next to others. The commentation about pit bulls is not warranted, in that, pits bulls are not aggressive, it is the owners who do not properly train them to behave and offer corrective measures. Honolulu is dog oriented, many owners that I know are super doggie owners, take care of their dogs and ensure that their dogs are properly trained. At least I know if I take my dogs in an area to enjoy my meal with, they will sit and wait for their turn to get a treat.
on February 23,2012 | 07:56AM
olos73 wrote:
That "separate or special area" should be on the lanai. Not INSIDE.
on February 23,2012 | 11:28AM
kuewa wrote:
Actually, it should be in the owner's lanai. Nothing wrong with take-out. Restaurants are for humans, not pets.
on February 23,2012 | 11:51AM
scooters wrote:
Leave the dogs/cats at home where they belong. I will not eat at any restaurant that will allow this. While I'm at it, leave the crying babies and undisciplined kids at a sitter's.
on February 23,2012 | 08:04AM
Ambergris23 wrote:
There are so many more important issues for legislators to deal with! What a waste of time! I think we can all agree that having animals in an eating establishment is not the healthiest alternative. And if animals can go in restaurants, why not stores, markets, the working place???
on February 23,2012 | 08:08AM
IMVHO wrote:
It's common sense, you don't have your pets at your dinner talble watching you eat (and throwing them a snack or two when nobody's looking?), likewise, I don't want your pet at my dinner table drooling while I eat. Memo to any well-meaning restauant: I won't be paying my money to (not) enjoy a meal at your establishment. And wait for the first attack to happen, and it will, dogs won't always act as you would like them to when food is involved.
on February 23,2012 | 08:17AM
IMVHO wrote:
Also, why would we want to give our over-worked police force yet another law for them try to monitor? Common people!
on February 23,2012 | 08:19AM
entrkn wrote:
If I am dining in any sort of restaurant and someone comes in with a dog and isn't instructed to leave, I will walk out and I will not pay the bill... the only exception would be for seeing eye dogs... all other "service" dogs and their owners eat somewhere else.
on February 23,2012 | 08:23AM
jankenpo wrote:
Count me out. I love my dog but I would not bring him to a restaurant. Need to respect others.
on February 23,2012 | 08:34AM
Makiki_Al wrote:
Disgusting! I have been to a couple of places that allow dogs and witnessed the server scratch or pet the dog and continue to serve food without washing their hands - I no longer frequent those establishments. I feel that there needs to be better control of animals and better protection of human rights. I don't want your dog defacating where I might sit on or otherwise touch the grass even if you pick (most of) it up. I have been surprised a couple of times at Ala Moana Beach Park which is supposed to prohibit animals.
on February 23,2012 | 08:36AM
serious wrote:
I walk Ala Moana Park every day and yes, it's Dog City. I have approached some of these people and asked if they know dogs are not allowed and the answer is, who's going to do something about it? There should be a bicycle patrol twice a day.
on February 23,2012 | 03:06PM
ggum wrote:
i am a loving pet owner (dog and cat), my dog is trained well, i treat her as a member of the family (not as a child), and enjoy taking her on walks, hikes, to the beach, etc. ... BUT... i have always wondered what makes a person want to bring their pets to restaurants with them. this is just plain cruel to the animals! i don't require my pet to sit next to my chair while i dine at home, so i sure as heck won't make her sit next to me for 30mins to 1hr while i eat my dinner. a dog is a pet, not a slave, not a teddy bear, not a child (yes, i said it!)... we can love it all we want, but at the end of the day, they are still dogs/pets.
on February 23,2012 | 08:49AM
st1d wrote:
not sure if i would patronize a restaurant that served dead dogs. i would want all the dogs alive. kea so joo, not for me.
on February 23,2012 | 09:18AM
charlesu wrote:
I know of a guy that bought one of those orange service dog vests for his pooch. He takes his dog everywhere and gets away with it.
on February 23,2012 | 09:46AM
ptofview wrote:
And there be the example of a dog owner not following the rules....
on February 23,2012 | 09:59AM
drlucy wrote:
I have a trained service dog. If there were unruly untrained dogs around who decide to run up to distract my dog, it would be a problem for us. If such a bill passes, who decides the dog is properly trained to behave in public places, not bark, not shake (letting their fur fly), etc.? The restaurant manager has enough to be concerned about.
on February 23,2012 | 09:54AM
serious wrote:
Curious, the law says to have a service dog you must be disabled and the dog must be trained to do a function--is that true in your case--just wondering!!
on February 23,2012 | 03:08PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Stupid idea. Think about it. What happens when someone brings a dog to the 3rd floor food court at Ala Moana Center and the dog has a "call of nature." Where does the dog go? There is no place to curb the dog, so it is going to go somewhere in Ala Moana Center. It is bad enough when vagrants do it in hallways and doorways, so now some idiot law maker wants to add to the problem by allowing dogs in restaurants. It does not matter even if owners clean up their dog's dodo; what matters is that the dogs will do it in public areas.
on February 23,2012 | 10:42AM
Ronin006 wrote:
My first comment was sent for approval because I apparently used a banned word, so here is my "sanitized" version: Stupid idea. Think about it. What happens when someone brings a dog to the 3rd floor food court at Ala Moana Center and the dog has a "call of nature." Where does the dog go? There is no place to curb the dog, so it is going to go somewhere in Ala Moana Center. It is bad enough when vagrants do it in hallways and doorways, so now some idiot law maker wants to add to the problem by allowing dogs in restaurants. It does not matter even if owners clean up their dog's droppings; what matters is that the dogs will do it in public areas.
on February 23,2012 | 10:44AM
watchmaker51 wrote:
I already saw one last Saturday at Sam's Club at Keeaumoku in the fresh produce department and also walking through the store. Makes you wonder if we will pick up somethng contagious. Having contaiminated food is one of the worst things that can happen to a healthy human being. Hope everyone uses more common sense and keep their pets outside. Why do you suppose we have a strict quarantine for pets who arrive from elsewhere or we have health inspectors to check for violations.
on February 23,2012 | 12:16PM
Kermit11 wrote:
Great! Now you walk your dog. Dog poops. Then you bring him in to the restaurant to sit next to you to dine. Meanwhile he/she is leaving ecolli traces of smeared poop on the seat for the next patron to sit on. If you really need to go out to eat with your dog, GET TAKEOUT and eat in the park.
on February 23,2012 | 12:42PM
lunchtime wrote:
SA, the least your reported could do was mention who authored the original House Bill 2749 so we could make sure we DON'T vote this clown(s) back into office. With a lot more important issues facing the State of Hawaii, this is ridiculous that our politicians are wasting their time debating and revising this bill!
on February 23,2012 | 01:42PM
SteveToo wrote:
Bad idea!
on February 23,2012 | 01:42PM
SOLID3 wrote:
Let them pass this stupid bill and see which places are equally as stupid to allow pets. When their establishments go out of business they can only blame themselves.
on February 23,2012 | 01:49PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
This is common in Europe so why not here... I can't wait to bring by doberman into Ruth's Chris Steakhouse!
on February 23,2012 | 02:12PM
kekelaward wrote:
Let me know when you go. I always enjoy a floor show with dinner.
on February 23,2012 | 02:24PM
kekelaward wrote:
Jeez, the Leg treats dogs better than smokers. Will they force all restaurant owners to follow this law? They did it with smoking, why not animals? After all we all lnow dogs tip better than smokers. ( On the other hand, this could cut back on the number of screaming kids running around restaurants)
on February 23,2012 | 02:23PM
saveparadise wrote:
Most doggies are better behaved than the screaming kids I see in Zippy''s. But then again some are not. Keep Buddy and Max and Princess at home or in the car while you eat. Fyi, I am the proud owner of two well behaved pooches.
on February 23,2012 | 02:44PM
Vivgie wrote:
Tell you what. If a dog makes a mes in the restaurant I will not pay. Ruined my dinner. Go ahead and call the cops. I will make a racket. No to this stupid law. Why are we wasting time? Who sponsored this and who financed this?
on February 23,2012 | 03:11PM
poidogjohn wrote:
Why is it that our legislators propose actions that are exactly the opposite of what is best for the people? First, the "crocodile tears" about saving the poor taxpayers $30 by eliminating automobile safety checks, and now, dogs being allowed in restaurants. Try watching a dog in a beam of sunlight, as he shakes his shaggy coat, and watch the dog dander permeate the air. Now picture it drifting onto your food. Wise up, legislators.
on February 23,2012 | 03:16PM
opirocs wrote:
there's a certain medical building in Kapahulu that allows dogs in the 'office area' and the waiting area, that office wreaks of dirty dog smell!
on February 23,2012 | 04:10PM
lee1957 wrote:
At least the bill was shelved, and not tabled. It might have run afoul of the bill to ban eating your pet.
on February 23,2012 | 04:42PM
poidragon wrote:
Are you serious? Just how stupid can the state legislature be in trying to make such a ludicrous bill as this, into a state law? Don't we have more pressing business to keep these idiots busy? Pets do not belong in restaurants, service dogs are given an exemption, because they are more than just pets and are trained to assist their masters! It just continues to amaze me that our state legislators can find the time to develop such nonsensical legislation like this and expect the voting public to take them seriously!
on February 23,2012 | 04:59PM
gort wrote:
Establishments shouldbe allowed tohave pet areas for dogs and owners in a doggie section. Think of all the trees that will be saved...no more doggie bags!
on February 23,2012 | 05:49PM
LMO wrote:
When I was stationed in Germany it was common to see people out to dinner with their dogs. However, their dogs were well trained and behaved, lying under the table quietly. What was interesting was that many people, while bringing their dogs, did not bring their kids. They would leave them at home, locked in the bedroom with no supervision or sitter. Training a dog to lay under a table and not beg or bother patrons takes a high level of intelligence and effort. You can see by the spelling and grammar shown in these comments that both are missing here.
on February 24,2012 | 02:15AM
ejkorvette wrote:
ggum, You have a very Excellent Point. Who would be liable if a dog bit a restaurant patron? Why would a person bring their dog in a restaurant in the first place. Is that quality time spent with your pet? I seriously do not think so. That may fly in other areas, but Hawaii is so small and there's barely enough people in a restaurant as it is, now pet allowed? This is a "SICK" attempt to "drum" up business. What's next, Nude dining and Sexual Short time rooms while customers wait for their meals?
on March 2,2012 | 08:11PM
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