- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Dog lovers in Rhode Island, rejoice.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday signed into law a bill allowing dogs in the outdoor dining areas of restaurants.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2aabyxN ) that the law allows restaurants with outdoor dining areas to accommodate patrons and their pooches. It was sponsored by Rep. Charlene Lima, a Cranston Democrat.

The law allows restaurant owners to establish limits on the size and type of dogs. It also requires the restaurant to display a sign informing guests that dogs are allowed.

Lima and her husband like to frequent an East Greenwich restaurant with their 5-year-old husky, Keiko.

After the passage, “Keiko” tweeted at Raimondo, thanking her for passing the law, to which Raimondo replied: “You’re welcome, Keiko! Hope you enjoy dining al fresco.”

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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