Man sues Sainsbury’s for banning his assistance cat Chloe

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Man sues Sainsbury’s for banning his assistance cat Chloe

Feline’s handler, Ian Fenn, who is autistic, brings discrimination case after London supermarket incident

Ian Fenn says Chloe makes it easier for him to cope in everyday situations. Photograph: BBC

Ian Fenn says Chloe makes it easier for him to cope in everyday situations. Photograph: BBC

Emily Dugan
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Fri 27 May 2022 04.30 EDTLast modified on Fri 27 May 2022 09.49 EDT

Chloe the assistance cat could make legal history with her handler, Ian Fenn, after Sainsbury’s refused to allow her into one of its shops.

Fenn, who is autistic and has trained the black cat to be a support for him, is taking legal action against the supermarket.

He says Chloe prevents sensory overload and should be treated like a guide dog or any other aid designed to help someone with a disability.

On a visit to Sainsbury’s in Clapham, south London, in March, Fenn was told by security and staff that he would need to leave the cat outside. After he complained, Sainsbury’s told him it would only allow assistance dogs into its stores.

Chris Fry, who specialises in disability discrimination actions and is bringing a case for Fenn under [...]

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