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Published:August 28th, 2011 13:14 EST
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Outrage: New York City Cracking Down On Bars That Allow Pets

By Robert Paul Reyes

"The New York City Health Department has been cracking down on animals in bars, much to the dismay of pet and bar owners.

Between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011, the health department issued 469 citations for having live animals in bars and restaurants, The New York Times reported."

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I`ve lived in many large cities including San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley and I`ve never heard of a dog-friendly bar. Even in an "anything goes" city like Frisco, the health department would shut down a bar that allowed patrons to bring their dogs with them.

A bar that allows you to bring your pooch with you is as close to paradise as you can get in this sad world. A bartender will don a sympathetic expression on his face as long as you tip him, but your dog will empathize with your plight as you drown your sorrow in suds.

This peculiar New York institution must be kept alive, damn the New York Health Department for cracking down on animals in bars. Savages!

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