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Citizen complaint of the day: Was Chuckie the Charlestown capybara sauntering down Medford Street?

Capybaras Romeo and Tuff'n Go Shopping カピバラロミオゴーショッピング

This is not the Charlestown Whole Foods - yet.

A citizen of the sort who is up at 4:41 a.m. files a 311 report about the situation on Medford Street in Charlestown:

Maybe not a rodent, but it looked like a capybara hanging out on Medford St.

Note: Yes, we just used our editorial prerogative to name the alleged Charlestown capybara.

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But just remember, capybaras eat their own poo. And when they're nuzzling up to you, they're probably also scent-marking you.

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Yes, they're cute and maybe I'm in the minority here, but pets should not be taken into stores--especially those that have/serve food. Although I realize it's never enforced, only service pets are supposed to be allowed inside any store serving or selling food.

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I understood that they're prohibited in businesses that serve food to eat there, like, with seating, but can be brought into ones that don't have seating. I know I've heard of coffee shops and ice cream shops allowing pets (ew) because they don't have seating inside.

I'm a huge animal love and I agree that animals aside from service animals shouldn't be in most businesses, but I think the health code only prohibits it if there's foodservice with seating. Does it vary by municipality?

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"live animals may not be allowed on the premises of a food establishment”, with certain exceptions, which include fish in aquariums or edible seafood under refrigeration or on display, live fish bait, patrol dogs accompanying police or security officers, and service animals in dining areas.

A “food establishment” is defined in Massachusetts regulations (105 CMR 590.002) as “an operation that stores, prepares, packages, services, vends, or otherwise provides food for human consumption.” This includes restaurants and grocery stores, as well as transportation vehicles involved in their operation.

More info here

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In countries where people routinely bring their dogs to restaurants, what problems do they see as a result?

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Having the same kitchen prepare dog food and human food would violate local health code. Code might be different in other countries.

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