New restaurant considers legal action over health department's dog ban

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Double Dogs restaurants across the nation market themselves as "pet-friendly." When a new location opened for business this week in Lexington, they were met with pushback from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

Double Dogs Chow House in Hamburg offers a dog-friendly patio, as it does at locations across the country. However, on Monday, health officials said the restaurant couldn't allow customers to bring their dogs onto the patio. the department cited the FDA Food Code governed by the Kentucky Revised Statutes which prohibits live animals "in areas that are not used for food preparation and that are usually open for customers, such as dining and sales areas, service animals that are controlled by the disabled employee or person, if a health or safety hazard will not result from the presence or activities of the service animal."

A statement from the restaurant chain on Tuesday said their counsel is looking into the situation and that they hope to welcome customers and their dogs soon.

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