Bill would restrict animals in public places

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Comfort animals and their owners might need a course from Miss Manners before venturing out in public, under a bill proposed by a Utah county lawmaker.

She has no problem with service animals, those pets that help the blind and the handicapped, but Orem GOP Sen. Margaret Dayton says comfort animals who are always at their owners' side are failing etiquette 101.

"The comfort animals do not have the training of a service animal. They go to the bathroom in the store. They sniff and lick at the food," she said.

Dayton says no wonder store manager complain of a public health threat. Dayton says the threat is also on college campuses.

"Public nuisance as far as the germs are concerned, allergy problems for their roommates," she said.

Her bill has passed the Senate Health and Human Services committee.


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