A northern NSW pub has apologised to “responsible” pet owners after “several incidents” prompted management to ban dogs from being brought into the venue.
The formerly dog-friendly Tumbulgum Tavern has made a statement outlining the ban, which came into effect on September 11, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin.
The statement, which reveals assistance and guide dogs with a “valid certificate” are allowed to enter, claims that pub management will “look to have this decision reviewed in the future”.
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“Sorry, no dogs,” said the statement, published by the Bulletin.
“Several incidents involving dogs have led to a ban on all dogs at the Tumbulgum Tavern commencing Monday, 11 September.
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“We apologise to responsible dog owners for this and we will look to have this decision reviewed in the future.
“However, from this date there will be no dogs permitted anywhere on the pub grounds.”
7NEWS.com.au contacted the venue for more information but a spokesperson was not available.
The Tumbulgum Tavern in northern NSW has banned dogs. Credit: Instagram
Patrons bringing their dogs into a pub — particularly beer gardens — is considered to be a long-standing tradition of Australian pub culture.
Under NSW law and national food safety guidelines, dogs are not prohibited in outdoor dining areas. However, it’s up to the business owner to decide if dogs are permitted in such areas.
The NSW Companion Animals Act allows for dogs in pubs if the animal is under “effective control of some competent person and is restrained by means of an adequate chain, cord or leash that is attached to the dog”.
In 2020, inner Sydney’s Woollahra Council reportedly banned dogs from pubs in Paddington after a woman complained about a dog in the London Hotel.
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