Unsurprisingly, the law would come with some limitations, so as not to turn your al fresco lunch into an unexpected trip to the dog park. For example, dogs must be kept on leashes. Additionally, restaurants choosing to allow dogs will be required to provide a separate entrance for diners and their canine companions, so that dogs never go inside the establishment or any outdoor food preparation areas, according to the Times. Oh, and communal water bowls would be forbidden, so every doggy will have to be provided its own dish.
As for cats, the legislation apparently makes no mention of the possibility of dining with your favorite feline, so clearly this bill was funded by Albany's powerful dog lobby -- who knows how many bacon biscuits changed paws behind closed doors???