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Walking dogs is a new career path for Yeadon man
3:00pm Saturday 28th September 2013 in Local news
An NHS support worker who had to give up his job because of ill health has launched a new career as a dog walker.
Lee Arnott, 37, had worked for the NHS for 19 years when a childhood injury resurfaced.
Lee, who lives in Yeadon with his partner and daughter, had damaged his eye as a young child when he came off his bike. The injury had left a weakness which led to him suffering a detached retina while mountain biking in Scotland about two years ago.
Despite two operations to deal with the problem the retina detached again, leaving Lee unable to continue in his job as a support worker for people with learning disabilities.
He said: “Unfortunately, as my retina in my right eye has detached twice the occupational health doctor would not agree to me continuing to work with this client group and, as there was no other suitable employment available, I have recently had to leave the service. As one of my interests as well as caring for vulnerable adults is animals I have decided to become self-employed and set up a dog walking/pet care business.”
He added: “I have always loved dogs, and I did have five dogs myself at one stage.”
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