Wetherspoons is now banning dogs from all its pubs

13 September 2018, 23:38

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By Tom Eames

The restaurant chain has described the pets as "unpredictable".

The UK's biggest pub chain has announced a ban of dogs from its premises across the country.

JD Wetherspoon has said the ban will be effective from this week.

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This means that only assistance dogs will be allowed in any of their venues from now on.

A statement from Wetherspoons said: "Please note that Wetherspoon has a policy of not allowing dogs in its pubs, including all outside areas. (Assistance Dogs excepted).

Dog pub
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"This policy was introduced shortly after the company was founded in 1979, although in recent years we have allowed a few exceptions.

"After much consultation, we will now be strictly enforcing this policy everywhere.

"In order to give those affected time to adjust we have set a deadline of Monday, September 10, 2018."

Wetherspoons was launched in 1979 by Tim Martin, and now has just under 1,000 restaurants around the UK.

Company spokesperson Eddie Gershon added: "Even well behaved dogs can be unpredictable, every dog owner thinks their dog is perfect.

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"We welcome a lot of children and families and younger children in particular can be unpredictable around dogs and many are scared of dogs.

"We serve a lot of food. Unfortunately not all owners are diligent over cleaning up dog mess."

The decision has been met with some criticism online: