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Seeing-eye squirrels will no longer be allowed at your favorite eatery.

A new state law, effective Friday, recognizes only dogs and miniature horses as service animals. Cats, birds, rodents and other creatures do not qualify.

And claiming any animal as an emotional comfort is now illegal.

A clearer definition was needed, say some restaurateurs, because an increasing number of exotic pets were showing up in dining establishments, with owners insisting they were service animals.

Members of the Arizona Restaurant Association, a primary supporter of the new law, testified to lawmakers earlier this year that allowing such animals in dining rooms is a potential health problem and an inconvenience for other customers.

Read the text of House Bill 2401.