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Anger as pub bans dogs indoors after staff member ‘bitten’

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A pub has split opinion by banning dogs from its indoor areas after a member of staff was reportedly bitten by one.

The Kingfisher, in Greenfield, Greater Manchester, said dogs must now remain on a lead outside after the decision was made “with a heavy heart”.

Bosses said a member of staff was bitten after an “incident in the pub,” operated by Marston’s.

But writing online, people shared their fury at the call.

“Just like human beings – it only takes one bad one and everyone has to suffer,” one woman said.

“Dogs are more friendly than humans. Do they ban humans when they cause trouble, give abuse and threaten staff?” another comment reads.

“I’d rather be in the company of those beautiful dogs than humans n unruly kids running about,” one drinker posted.

Others suggested the pub should ban families with disobedient children instead, Manchester Evening News reports.

But some backed the decision, praising the pub for looking after its staff.

One woman posted: “Absolutely it’s the right decision. I mean personally I never understood having pets in pubs anyway.”

Another Facebook user stated: “You don’t go to work to get hurt so management have done it right.”

The establishment points out assistance dogs are still welcome inside the pub.

It wrote on Facebook: “Following an incident in the pub that has resulted in a member of the team being bitten by a dog, we have made the decision to no longer allow dogs inside the pub.

“This decision has not been made lightly, and is with a heavy heart, but we are sure you will understand that the safety and well-being of our team, and guests, is our number one priority. Assistance Dogs will of course still be allowed inside the pub.

“Whilst we understand that not all dogs are the same and many would never cause any harm, for the time being we are taking this action to safeguard you all. Thank you for your understanding on this matter.

“Dogs will still be welcome in the outside areas however will be required to remain on a lead.”

Marston’s has been contacted for comment.

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