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September 19, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Poll: Even in pet-friendly Northwest, dogs unwelcome in stores, restaurants

Erwin Arceo, co-owner of the Belltown Pub, with his boxer, Bella, photographed in 2012 (BETTINA HANSEN/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

Erwin Arceo and his boxer, Bella, at the dog-friendly Belltown Pub in Seattle. (BETTINA HANSEN/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

We love our dogs in the Northwest.  Here in Seattle, we’re even famous for having more dogs than kids.

Still, though, our love has its limits.

Call it a pet peeve, if you will.  We may be tolerant in the Northwest, but we still want you to leave the pooch outside when you’re in a shop or cafe.

According to a new poll by PEMCO Insurance, only 9 percent of people in Western Washington and the Portland metropolitan area think pet dogs should be allowed inside stores and restaurants.

“Perhaps part of the reason many oppose dogs inside stores and restaurants is the perception that animals are less sanitary than humans, or they present a safety risk,” PEMCO spokesperson Jon Osterberg said in a statement.

Service dogs are another matter, of course; 89 percent of those surveyed welcome service animals in all establishments.

1,000 people were interviewed for the PEMCO poll–600 in Washington and 400 in the Portland area.

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