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Wed, Feb 6 | By Matt Van Hoven | 817

PORTLAND, Or. – According to The Associated Press, a number of guide dogs are being affected by mild electric shocks as they wait on wet public train platforms. TriMet representatives say they have no idea why dogs are getting shocked… more ›

Guide Dogs Shocked by Trains, Reps Say
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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

This is so unfortunate. I hope they figured out a solution.

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Connie  C.
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Connie C.
5 years ago

Gosh, couldn't they at least put rubber matting up the stairs and down the aisles? So unfair to these animals who lives are dedicated to helping their masters! I hope they get it resolved for their sake.

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Terry F.
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Terry F.
5 years ago

Strange. For the owners' sake, I certainly hope they can resolve this situation. I'd really be curious to hear if they solve this and how they did it.

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

Wow! That is odd. I hope they can fix the problem. Maybe rubber soled shoes for the dogs.

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Dstrykr
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Dstrykr
5 years ago

The simple fix is to put rubber mats down where the shocking is occurring, whether on the platforms or on the trains.

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Ann G.
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Ann G.
5 years ago

I've heard that Portland is a very progressive city. They should be able to fix this problem!

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DEREKDEMANE
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DEREKDEMANE
5 years ago

Hopefully, they will get the problem solved.

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

Wow...that would be a little disturbing for me if I had to wait with my dog.

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debby r.
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debby r.
5 years ago

They really have to do something. Their guide dogs are a part of them. If it was the person it would of already been corrected. What is taking so long to correct this serious problem????

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NFSAW S.
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NFSAW S.
5 years ago

I would think there would be some way to fix that situation so dogs aren't being hurt.

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Ralph M.
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Ralph M.
5 years ago

Couldn't they use a rubber mat, or elevated wood platform?

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Edward Robin
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Edward Robin
5 years ago

This is very sad. I hope they resolve it soon.

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
5 years ago

Wow.Strange.

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Allison M.
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Allison M.
5 years ago

They also have this problem mostly in NYC with the grates in the sidewalks. Many dogs have been shocked from this. It seems to happen every winter. I know The Seeing Eye now provides their dogs with boots for the winter to stop this from happening.

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Andy K.
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Andy K.
5 years ago

Ouch. Poor pups. I assume this has been taken care of and the stray voltage is no longer affecting the critters. People need to take into account more than just people when constructing things. Why, though, is the stray voltage not affecting people? Is it too subtle for us to feel it?

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

I would be interested in follow ups on this story. If it is hurting the dogs and diminishing their abilities it is bad and then if it is doing it right when their blind owner is needing them for assistance is a double whammy. I wonder how many other places experience the same thing without knowing it.

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Diane W.
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Diane W.
5 years ago

It's awful that the dogs are getting punished by a shock for doing their job. No wonder the dogs are confused and frightened of going near the tracks.

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cindy-lou J.
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cindy-lou J.
5 years ago

Wow, how awful. Hope it gets corrected, I'm curious if there is an update report

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lindsey c.
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lindsey c.
5 years ago

thats so sad... i hope they find a solution to this soon.

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Kate H.
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Kate H.
5 years ago

Wow that's unreal. Poor dogs.

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Alexis93
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Alexis93
6 years ago

sad

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Hauler
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Hauler
6 years ago

Maybe a program can provide these dogs with some of the shoes the K9 dogs are getting if they can't fix their problem.

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Michelle H.
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Michelle H.
6 years ago

I hope they are able to find a solution to this problem. I am glad none have suffered more serious effects.

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Tammy K.
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Tammy K.
6 years ago

This is a sad issue. It needs a solution quickly. Assistance animals are sorely needed and take a lot of time and effort to train. Maybe they should read the article on the k9 patrol unit who are adding shoes to their units. Maybe rubber soled dog shoes would help solve the problem.

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

Sad. I hope they get it fixed.

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Jeanie F.
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Jeanie F.
6 years ago

I wonder how long they have known about the problem and what they are doing to fix it.

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

Terrible!!

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mARY ANN M.
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mARY ANN M.
6 years ago

If this is a danger for dogs it can also be a danger for small children and other animals and should not exist.

Recently in Chicago, one of the circuits under the sidewalks that have heating elements under them to melt snow shorted and started giving people walking on them mild shocks. Nothing serious but imagine if it was a guide dog or a child.

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TimDemp30
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TimDemp30
6 years ago

Geez, how sad. They need to fix the problem right away.

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Louise P.
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Louise P.
6 years ago

This needs to be figured out why it is still happening. Even if the trains pay the expense for the dog to go back to school, the dog's companion is without its guide dog.

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bonnie
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bonnie
6 years ago

hope they fix the problem, poor dog

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Jim  S.
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Jim S.
6 years ago

Intrestring, hopefully they can figure out the cause and fix it.

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

poor babies- fix this problem soon so they can do their job to their fullest extent

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Tanya F.
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Tanya F.
6 years ago

Wow, never knew that. That is not good when these animals are extensively trained and then while working get zapped and maay lose their memory. Someone should work on fixing this. Wonder is some kind of shoe or boot would help the situation.

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

How sad, I hope they fix the problem.

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PennyOnTheFloor
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PennyOnTheFloor
6 years ago

I hope they fix this asap!

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Melissa7271
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Melissa7271
6 years ago

I would never have thought of this. I hope something is done since it is clearly an issue.

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

I hope this is resolved quickly. A stumbling guide dog could endanger their owner.

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Sarah M.
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Sarah M.
6 years ago

Poor dogs. Hope it got fixed.

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Anne M.
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Anne M.
6 years ago

I hope this problem is fixed by the time I write this!! How awful for those poor dogs to be doing their job and get shocked. They are wondering what they did wrong!!

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SandyReedy
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SandyReedy
6 years ago

Now I've heard everything! How sad for the dogs, and for their humans who depend on them for help. Surely the authorities will do something to solve this problem.

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Hymcheng
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Hymcheng
6 years ago

Weird...are dogs more sensitive to electro-shock?

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Teresa K.
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Teresa K.
6 years ago

What an odd issue but one that needs a quick fix.Guide dogs are obviously of necessity and the person is stranded basically w/o their guide dog or someone else to help.

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Seana B.
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Seana B.
6 years ago

Wow, what a baffling problem, but I hope it is fixed ASAP. And I would hope that this problem would be taken into account by engineers and architects in other parts of the country as well . . .

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Cortney T.
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Cortney T.
6 years ago

If it does effect people what would it do? if it makes dogs forget...that is the true question.....

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Cortney T.
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Cortney T.
6 years ago

I wonder why it does not affect humans .

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Wyoming County S.
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Wyoming County S.
6 years ago

wonder how that could be fixed? maybe rubber boots for the dog

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FruitLoopLucy
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FruitLoopLucy
6 years ago

someone or one of the dogs are going to get hurt seriously.. Then the law suit OH boy!!

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FruitLoopLucy
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FruitLoopLucy
6 years ago

I am wondering if the harness have something that attracts to get the jolt. Does not matter it should be fixed quickly.

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

If the work dogs get memory loss from this what happens to the charge?? Holy Moley!! I would think TriMit might move a little faster. This would be a great lawsuit...

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