HALIFAX - A Halifax craft brewer has launched a petition to bring pooches into his pub, saying the province's regulations are too unfriendly to dogs.

Ian Lawson, co-owner of Brightwood Brewery, says an anonymous complaint led a provincial inspector to order an end to his practice of allowing patrons to bring dogs into his establishment as the humans enjoyed a pint along with a meat pie or a samosa.

The 34-year-old entrepreneur said in an interview that dogs are like "family members" who should be welcome in the taproom, provided they are friendly and under control.

Lawson adds that he has no problem with regulations in most jurisdictions that state animals must be kept away from food preparation areas for health and safety reasons.

However, his petition is calling on the province's Environment Department to rewrite regulations that ban most dogs — other than service canines and aquarium fish — from the entire restaurant premises.

He would like to see the rules changed to give inspectors latitude to decide on a case-by-case basis whether the presence of dogs poses any risk to food safety in those areas.

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