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LAX becomes No. 1 in dog relief stations

LAX becomes No. 1 in dog relief stations
A dog relief area located between Terminal 4 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The seven new areas opened this week are indoors, beyond the security checkpoints. (Los Angeles Times/Hugo Martin)

Here is news that should come as a relief to dogs (and their owners): Los Angeles International Airport now leads all U.S. airports in total bathroom stations for dogs.

In an event Friday that included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free massages and grooming for dogs, LAX officials opened seven new relief stations, adding to the three existing mini parks where dogs can do their business.

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The 11 stations make LAX the leader in dog relief areas among all U.S. airports, LAX officials say.

Based on input from two-legged air travelers, LAX ranked 91st in the world this year as measured by the Skytrax World Airport Awards. Skytrax is a London consulting company to the air transport industry.

LAX officials say the new stations address the growing number of fliers traveling with pets. But the relief stations can also be used by bomb-sniffing canines, law enforcement dogs, service animals and the 55 therapy dogs that volunteers bring to the terminal areas to help reduce stress among travelers.

"We're committed to providing airport guests — whether two-legged or four-legged — with an exceptional travel experience," said Deborah Flint, chief executive of Los Angeles World Airports.

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