The City Council in Townsville, Australia has banned Zach, a Straffordshire Terrier from the hardware store owned by Zach’s owner, Bill Clapham. Customers are rallying around Zach and Clapham. Zach has spent four years at the store, greeting customers and has become a local icon. “We absolutely love him,” one stated.
One Councillor calls it – “bureaucratic nonsense gone crazy.” Clapham has threatened to close down the store if Council doesn’t rescind the order.
The owner wants the dog there; the customers want the dog there. It’s a hardware store, not a restaurant or market. Does it matter if the dog sniffs the tools?