‘No dogs’ rule led to man’s B&B sui­cide

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The friend of a home­less man who killed him­self after be­ing sep­a­rated from his pets is call­ing for vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple to be al­lowed to keep their an­i­mals in state ac­com­mo­da­tion.

John Chad­wick, 52, took a lethal cock­tail of pre­scrip­tion drugs and al­co­hol at a bed and break­fast on March 16 after he was not al­lowed to take his Jack Rus­sell crosses Theo and Tinker­bell and cat Gizmo into his new flat in Square Hill, Maid­stone.

Now close friend Dee Bon­net has launched a pe­ti­tion ad­dressed to He­len Grant MP ask­ing for pets to be in­tro­duced as sup­port sys­tems for vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.

Ms Bon­net has al­ready amassed nearly 700 sig­na­tures. She said: “Pets are known to pro­vide ther­a­peu­tic ben­e­fits. Let’s pe­ti­tion for a change to cur­rent hous­ing re­quire­ments and help those deemed vul­ner­a­ble or alone.

“Pets as­sist with the treat­ment of health, de­pres­sion, iso­la­tion and ad­dic­tion and are in­valu­able com­pan­ions for the home­less.”

In June an in­quest heard tat 10 days be­fore he died, Mr Chad­wick was evicted from his home of four years and put into a bed and break­fast in Maid­stone’s Chamberlain Av­enue after the land­lord de­cided to sell the prop­erty.

As­sis­tant coro­ner Ian Wade con­cluded the loss of his an­i­mals was a key fac­tor in Mr Chad­wick’s sui­cide. The pe­ti­tion is at https://tinyurl.com/dbon­net­pet

If you would like con­fi­den­tial sup­port on an emo­tional is­sue, call Sa­mar­i­tans on 116 123 at any time

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