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New law in New York state allows dogs on restaurant patios

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ALBANY, N.Y.— A new law in New York state will allow dogs to join their human companions on restaurant patios.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the so-called "dining with dogs" bill into law late Monday night. States including California, Florida and Maryland already have similar laws.

Dog lovers and many restaurant owners in New York support the idea, noting that the animals would have to be leashed and that restaurants could choose not to allow canines.

Legislation intended to help New York's felines didn't fare so well. Cuomo vetoed a proposal to fund organizations that trap, neuter and release feral cats.

In his veto, the governor noted that it's illegal to release wild cats and that feral felines are a threat to local wildlife such as birds.