Animal charities have lashed out at an Exmouth, United Kingdom cafe after employees refused to give a guide dog a bowl of water on a very hot day.
According to the ExmouthJournal, Olliver Gibbons, 40, who is completely blind, stopped in to the Caffe Nero on Chappel Street and was told “no” to providing his guide dog, Sydney, a drink of water telling Gibbons it was their policy. The seven-year-old Labrador retriever desperately needed some water after leading his human around on a hot day. Sydney’s harness had been removed so the dog could relax.
Gibbons had been with his friend, Helen Fox when they stopped at the cafe they frequently visited.
“I was taken aback,” Helen stated. “Any dog should be allowed a drink, but he is also a working dog.”
Olliver no longer wants to go back to the cafe and was saddened the staff refused the dog water and just walked away. Sydney was soon offered water at Tempus the Jeweller.
A spokesperson for Caffe Nero stated they are now investigating the incident and contend they comply with legislation on access for guide dogs in all stores. They responded they do not have water bowls for dogs for health reasons.
Have they never heard of paper products that would do the job?
(Photo of Sydney via screenshot from Exmouth Journal)
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