The Orlando City Council wants the local legislative delegation to get Orlando exempted from the law that bans pets from restaurants. State Representative Sheri McInvale has already has promised to sponsor a bill for the change. The issue is set to be discussed when the local delegation meets Oct. 10.
Advocates for lifting the ban insist that allowing dogs in restaurants would enhance downtown’s cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Supporters of the ban refer to the FDA food code, which bans dogs from restaurants because they shed constantly and their fur, which sometimes is soiled with feces and other unsanitary substances, can easily blow onto food and dining tables. What’s more, some dogs are infected with salmonella. In humans, that can cause severe diarrhea or even kidney failure.
The existing restaurant law already makes an exception for service animals, such as specially trained dogs that help blind people.