NEW YORK — A new survey shows the vast majority of restaurant owners in New York City have an open policy toward dogs, with more than 85% saying they would not turn away a dog.
The results were obtained by NBCNewYork.com and were analyzed by the New York Post.
The survey of more than 1,300 owners of restaurants and bars in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, Staten Falls and the Bronx-Battery Park boroughs also found nearly 60% of respondents said they would have no problem accommodating a dog at a table at a restaurant, according to the Post.
But the survey also revealed that the vast minority of owners were also open to allowing their dogs at certain locations, such as restaurants, bars and movie theaters.
More than 80% of those surveyed said they’d consider allowing their dog to enter a restaurant if it was safe to do so, the Post reported.
A recent survey by The Associated Press and USA Today showed that more than 90% of American adults are open to pet-friendly dining establishments, but the majority of owners said they don’t want their dog at any of them.
A number of other cities are looking to enact dog-friendly legislation and many of them are also experiencing increased dog-borne illness.
The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that there has been a sharp rise in dog-bite-related deaths in the U.S. over the past two years, and more than 10,000 people have been killed by dogs since 2014.
More than one in 10 Americans have a pet, with the number of pets more than doubling from 2000 to 2014.