NORFOLK -- You may have seen someone bring their pet into a local grocery store recently.
Although several stores say it's against their policy, a federal loophole may make it okay.
Viewers told us on Facebook about seeing pets regularly inside their favorite grocery store -- not service dogs, but normal, everyday pets.
Farm Fresh, Harris Teeter, and Food Lion tell 13News Now their policies follow federal guidelines that specify pets are not allowed, but a guard or guide animal is allowed in some areas.
Harris Teeter even requires a security officer escort with a customer.
The disconnect could lie in the wording of the rules.
The Americans With Disabilities Act defines a service animal as "...any animal trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability, regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government."
A dog doesn't need a special vest, and the owner doesn't even need paperwork to call their pet a service animal.
"You have to take them with you a lot," said dog owner Colin Sullivan. "Maybe that's the idea, that we aren't going to discriminate against dogs."