Thompson’s claim was that Cawper’s bark is louder than an ambulance siren and just slightly softer than a jet engine at takeoff. Labor Department agency’s rules say a person should not be exposed to a noise of 115 decibels for more than 15 minutes a day. Norton didn’t respond to this complaint and Thompson won $500,000 by default. “He’s just a loving, nice dog,” Norton cries, but “the sheriff comes, puts the papers on the garage and the wall and everything and saying they were going to put the house up for sale.” Dog’s owner is desperately trying now to save the home fighting to reverse decision. Even if possible, must spend big money on the lawyers. It’s not known what they will do with the barking dog.