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Tue, Nov 20 | By Matt Van Hoven | 574

SCOTLAND – A dog handler in Scotland found out that a bark is worse than a bit, when you spend your day with a van full of barking dogs. Handler Thomas Donnelly has sued the state, claiming he's suffered hearing loss thanks to the can… more ›

A Bark is Worse Than The Bite
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Ethan W.
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Ethan W.
5 years ago

I think after the first day on the job I would've gotten myself some ear plugs

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BHOLTZ
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BHOLTZ
5 years ago

Ear plugs!

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marc h.
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marc h.
5 years ago

I bet the sound can be deafening

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

I had ear plugs to wear in the kennels at the animal hospital I worked at. Most of the time I didn't need them but every now and again you get a dog with that ear piercing bark and you'd be deaf in 5 mins. if you didn't wear something.

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Tammy37
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Tammy37
5 years ago

If you are going to work around excessive noise wear ear plugs

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Jodi S.
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Jodi S.
5 years ago

Um, if he knew he was going to be transporting dogs, where is his case? It should be common sense that being in a vehicle with anything noisy could cause hearing loss.

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

Why is the guy surprised? Should wear ear plugs.

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Wanda & Veronica ;.
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Wanda & Veronica ;.
5 years ago

Where is the common sense? Has this guy not hear of ear protection>

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Dorothy H.
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Dorothy H.
5 years ago

I selected this story to comment on because of something that we went through.
I live in NJ. We had to take our Westie with us to Massachusetts to see my Dad. Nobody else to watch him and we did not have cash for a shelter. It was the longest and loudest trip in history! Coming back was not so bad. I guess because he got used to it. We did not have ear plugs, but the guy in the story should have.

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DEREKDEMANE
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DEREKDEMANE
5 years ago

I think that common sense says to wear some sort of ear protection.

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

Soon we'll have to wear ear protection all the time.

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

i think that some precautions could have been taken if he had to be with the barking dogs all day. Maybe they will consider that now with more employees.

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Meryl O.
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Meryl O.
5 years ago

Well, I have just about heard it all!

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Dstrykr
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Dstrykr
5 years ago

Well let's hope he gets all kinds of money so he can quite his day job! (sarcasm) Does common sense count for anything these days?

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

Oh brother...everyone's got to blame everyone else.

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Jessica T.
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Jessica T.
5 years ago

I really don't feel that the state is to blame in this situation. The state didn't knowingly place him at risk, and I am sure plenty of people have worked for years without having any ear damage. The job didn't help matters, but I am guessing he was already at risk for such inner ear trauma. He shouldn't swindle the state out of more money for a job he willingly did.

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Lee M.
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Lee M.
5 years ago

Jeepers. I feel bad for this guy. He should have had ear plugs or something to buffer the barking a little.

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BuilderBob
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BuilderBob
5 years ago

I think they should have OSHA in Scotland.

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Chitown
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Chitown
5 years ago

It's a terrible thing to lose one's hearing. He probably wasn't aware of a gradual loss at first, and might've thought wearing ear protection would be a safety hazard in traffic.

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Andy K.
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Andy K.
5 years ago

So his ears were bothering him and he did what? Nothing. Until the lawsuit. Hey you, out of the gene pool! Now.

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Meg S.
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Meg S.
5 years ago

OK....I hate lawsuits like this. No one is accountable or responsible for themselves anymore. Someone else is always at fault and has to pay.
Did the guy ever think about wearing ear plugs?! I hope he loses

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Terry F.
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Terry F.
5 years ago

I can't agree more. We've turned into a suing society with no accountability.

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Mark J.
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Mark J.
6 years ago

Should have been using ear plugs the whole time not just now.

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Diane
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Diane
6 years ago

Duh! What did you think you could use a mute button? Spare me.

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
6 years ago

Isn't the noise part of the job? he should of thought about that when he decided to do that job

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PAULDESNOYERS
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PAULDESNOYERS
6 years ago

I'm sorry he has a hearing problem. He should have had protection sooner.

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

Interesting!!!!!!! Maybe prevention will be focused on now!!

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

I have no doubt that Mr. Donnelly is suffering from hearing loss and that it is most probably caused by being in a confined space exposed to the less than harmonious cacophony of barking dogs. But he most certainly should have employed protection for his ears years ago. My guess is that he wants to retire a little early.

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Tic T.
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Tic T.
6 years ago

There have been legitimate studies indicating a higher incidence in people with chronic exposure to dog barking - shelter workers, animal control officers, etc. I don't know why he waited until AFTER the damage was done instead of being proactive and getting earplugs earlier though...

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

people think you can make a law suit out of anything

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Rjlupinskat
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Rjlupinskat
6 years ago

What I don't understand is why, knowing the noise was quite loud, he didn't start using ear protection early on? If worked one day in a factory that was loud, I'd know to use protection the next day.

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

kind of a given with the job dont u think?

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Tanya F.
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Tanya F.
6 years ago

I think that would be a tough job all day listening to the dogs bark but don't most people know any loud noise can hurt your hearing. You should know that and find some type of ear protection to protect your hearing right from the start.

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Adaira  R.
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Adaira R.
6 years ago

There is hearing protection available to be worn that will still allow you to hear what you need to.

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linda s.
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linda s.
6 years ago

ever heard of earplugs?????

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Sarah M.
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Sarah M.
6 years ago

Agree with Jamie.

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Jamie
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Jamie
6 years ago

I would have thought he would have started wearing ear plugs a lot sooner. I would have. DUH !!!

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Elineen
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Elineen
6 years ago

interesting.

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

Maybe he spent too much time in that job. Should have gotten ear protection sooner.

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8critters
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8critters
6 years ago

Uh, why not just change jobs? Sounds like a legitimate concern for handlers, but before it get to litigation or deafness, get out.

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Lexina
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Lexina
6 years ago

why didnt he wear protection

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penny m.
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penny m.
6 years ago

He should have had enough sense to wear plugs and his supervisors should have had enough sense to make him do it.

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arnie
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arnie
6 years ago

why didn't he wear ear plugs?

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arnie
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arnie
6 years ago

if he didn't like the barking get a different job

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Wyoming County S.
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Wyoming County S.
6 years ago

try some music, that may stop some of the barking

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Wyoming County S.
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Wyoming County S.
6 years ago

where do you take these dogs?

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FruitLoopLucy
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FruitLoopLucy
6 years ago

Had to be something holding this guy to this job, he might have had hearing problems before the job.. A law suit I don't think so.... he could have left the job...

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FruitLoopLucy
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FruitLoopLucy
6 years ago

After the first day on the job you would pretty much know this was going to be a loud barking job.....
DOn't ya think.... could have quit.....

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

Barking comes with being a dog van driver.. He should have quit or found protective devices......

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

this is a alert to all pet business to be alert of possible hearing loss to do the loud barking. In this case to late....

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Greg
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Greg
6 years ago

He probably can;t wear e-plugs when he drives. Did he ask his employer for soundproofing in the truck?

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