Controversial pets in restaurants billUPDATED 8:52 PM HST Feb 08, 2014Video Transcript
Kenny Choi. And I'm Yunji de Nies.. In some spots, Dogs are too! ...and the Hawaiian Humane Society is pushing a bill that would allow all pets in restaurants and bars. KITV4's Brenton Awa has tonights top story. 11-16 25-28 55-59 108-112 124-128 There are plenty of places to walk pets -- so how about right into a Waikiki bar? At the Harbor Pub -- mans best friend is always welcome. 5530 Chris "THERE'S NOT A LOT OF PLACES WHERE YOU CAN BRING ANIMALS IN ANYMORE SO WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN FRIENDLY TO HAVE THEM COME IN AND VISIT AND WE THINK IT HELPS THE BUSINESS BECAUSE PEOPLE DON'T HAVE ANYPLACE TO BRING DOGS." While some may find this out of place -- others say they feel right at home. 4800 mcafee "IT'S LIKE GOING ANYPLACE ELSE, AS LONG AS THE ANIMALS BEHAVED IT'S NEVER A PROBLEM." And this could be the new standard - a new bill under consideration would allow restaurants to choose if pets of all kinds - dogs, cats, you name it - are allowed inside. Patrons would be limited to one pet per person, on a leash, within two feet of its owner, in a designated area of the restaurant. There are also specific cleaning and dis-infecting instructions. But Department of Health is raising concerns about hygiene and food safety. 310 - NANAS VOSOT "THE DEPT. HAS MAJOR CONCERNS WITH THIS BILL THAT PLACES RESPONSIBILIT Y ON THE RESTAURANT FOR ENSURING THAT THE ANIMAL WASTE IS NOT TRACKED BACK INTO THE FOOD PREPARATION AREA." Others also worry about allergies and the danger of animals harming each other -- or even customers. 0143 eric shin "I UNDERSTAND THE WHOLE DEAL OF WANTING TO BRING A DOG OR PET BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE CONSIDER THAT FAMILY, BUT AT THE SAME TIME CHOP EMPTINESS OUT IT CAN MAKE CERTAIN PEOPLE FEEL UNEASY." No one told this pup about that -- She gets her own bar stool --and lots attention! 5133 cindy weber "I THINK IF THEY ARE WELL TRAINED AND CAN SIT DOWN AND BEHAVE THEMSELVES, THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN BARS." 5148 "IF THEY COME IN AND AREN'T WELL BEHAVED, DEFINITELY NOT." The Hawaiian Humane Society says currently 60 percent of Oahu's households have a pet -- and dog ownership in Honolulu has doubled over the last 20 years. The bill was deferred.