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This article from the Associated Press and MSNBC isn't about veterinary medicine, but I couldn't resist posting it. Hunter recovering after being shot by dog...

Dr. Eric Barchas  |  Mar 16th 2008


This article from the Associated Press and MSNBC isn’t about veterinary medicine, but I couldn’t resist posting it.

Hunter recovering after being shot by dog

Pooch accidentally stepped on owner’s shotgun, Iowa official says

DES MOINES, Iowa – A hunter is recovering after he was shot in the leg at close range by his dog, who stepped on his shotgun and tripped the trigger, an official said Tuesday.

James Harris, 37, of Tama, was hit in the calf Saturday, the opening day of pheasant season, said Alan Foster, a spokesman with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The article reports that Mr. Harris underwent surgery and is doing well.

What is truly amazing to me, however, is not that this incident occurred. Rather, it is the frequency with which incidents like this occur. Try googling “dog shoots man” if you don’t believe me. Or, check out this story, this story, or, for those of you who are fans of poetic justice, this story.

And just in case you were wondering, the following quote is from the original article.

No one else was hurt, and the dog was not injured.