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Time To Call Law Enforcement? More Dogs In Publix, Despite Sign

Publix dog and sign

BOCA RUDETON: Readers Increasingly Angry At Publix, Others, For Violating Own Policy… It’s Against The Law To Bring Pet Into Supermarket…

Publix dog and sign


BOCA RATON, FL ( (Copyright © 2023 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Is it time for shoppers to start calling law enforcement on Boca Rudeton shoppers who bring dogs into the supermarket? We’re receiving lots of comments from readers who say “enough is enough.” Readers are stating — correctly — that Publix bans animals, and that it’s time for that ban to be followed. Publix itself says misrepresenting a pet as a trained service animal is a violation of Florida law.

Time for a crack down? Even Publix says it’s illegal to bring a dog into a supermarket, and it’s a violation of Florida law to misrepresent a pet’s training. (

Our latest Boca Rudeton™ nomination is an elderly woman who apparently felt it necessary to bring her pooch while she drove around the West Boca Raton Publix Greenwise store in a motorized scooter. The dog does not appear to be trained in anything other than being a dog. And per Publix policy, that’s not enough. Signs all over South Florida Publix locations make it clear: if the animal isn’t trained to provide a specific life-saving service, it’s not allowed in the store.

This dog does not appear to be a trained service animal. Publix says it’s illegal to bring that dog into a supermarket. (Image: contributor).

“Under federal law, service animals are dogs or miniature horses trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities. Non-service animals are not allowed in grocery stores by the FDA. Dogs, pets, and other animals whose sole function is to provide comfort, companionship, or emotional support do not qualify as service animals and are not permitted in Publix, even with a doctor’s note… Under Florida law, it is illegal to fraudulently misrepresent your pet as a service animal.”

Lady with dog attached to motorized scooter: you are the latest recipient of a Boca Rudeton™ nomination. Perhaps you’ll win a citation from local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies! Congrats!

We remind our readers that there is no expectation of privacy in a public place. Don’t want to be seen here? Don’t be rude here! Send us your submissions by using the form, below. If you personally request law enforcement involvement due to an animal violation that you observe, please provide the incident number when you submit information to us. Boca Rudeton™ is a trademark of MetroDesk Media, LLC.

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