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Ask NOW: Why are dogs allowed at the Tosa Farmer's Market?

Many people like to bring their dogs to the Tosa Farmer’s Market, but a new policy will require the animals stay away from food stands.

Many people like to bring their dogs to the Tosa Farmer’s Market, but a new policy will require the animals stay away from food stands.

June 11, 2013

Why are dogs allowed at

the Tosa Farmer's Market?

Question: A reader feels that dogs should not be allowed at the open-air Tosa Farmer's Market because they are not allowed inside grocery stores or restaurants. The reader asked, "Is there an ordinance prohibiting pets in outdoor markets?"

Answer: There is no city ordinance, but there is a new Pooch Policy being enforced by the market's organizers, said Maureen Millmann, president of the Tosa Farmer's Market.

The policy calls for keeping one's dog on a short leash and close to the owner's side, keeping the pet away from produce and other food, and making sure canines are friendly to other dogs and people. Per the policy, the market also reserves the right to ask visitors with dogs to leave the market should their pets become unruly.

"We know people love to bring their dogs to the market, and there are a lot of entry points to the area, so it would be hard for us to completely control that," Millmann said. "We know not everyone likes dogs, but this is a public space."

Millmann added that the market works closely with the Wauwatosa Health Department.

"This policy helps us maintain a comfortable setting for everyone," she said.

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