Your dog can't shop with you

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - August 18, 2009

That's the message to Oregon grocery shoppers.

The state Department of Agriculture is reminding people that dogs aren't welcome in grocery stores and supermarkets.

Service dogs are the exception.

State officials say they get more than 100 complaints a year about dogs doing doggie things in grocery stores, from peeing in the aisles to licking the food.

Vance Bybee, administrator of the agency's Food Safety Division, says there's a growing trend of people treating their pets like a member of the family.

Officials note it's actually illegal for dogs to enter grocery stores.

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