Virginia clarifies rules for dogs in breweries, wineries

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The growing popularity of pet-friendly wineries and breweries has given rise to questions about the legality of all those critters hanging around where food and beverages are being prepared and served.

For many decades, a Virginia state law prohibited animals (except legitimate guide dogs) in areas manufacturing or storing food products, including breweries and wineries. The law was largely unenforced, and clouded further by The Virginia Tourism Corporation promoting Virginia breweries as pet-friendly.

There were scattered complaints about dogs urinating on barrels and other pet-related outrages, leading state officials to try to clarify matters, as VaWines360 explains in more detail.



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