Gregory Dale Lanier, 35, was driving his truck along State Road 17 in Highlands County, FL, when his dog shot him in the leg.
Were they going to the vet? It’s not clear. What is clear — from the police report — is that “Lanier heard a ‘boom,’ saw smoke and felt a burning in his leg,” Sebring Police Commander Steve Carr explained, according to the Huffington Post.
Next to Lanier was a 9mm gun. And next to that gun was his dog.
Lanier told police that the dog “kicked” the weapon, causing it to discharge.
Intriguing about this case is that Lanier says he thought the gun was unloaded — and he thought it was a .380-caliber pistol instead of a 9mm. It’s not clear whether he said this with an accusatory tone while staring meaningfully at his dog, who was suddenly interested in something in the sky.
It is also unclear how a 35-year-old man thought the loaded 9mm in his car was actually an unloaded .380 pistol.
Nevertheless, the police ruled the shooting accidental, and no charges were brought against the dog.
It is not the first time that a dog has shot his owner in a car. In 2011, Eli the Bulldog shot Billy E. Brown, 78, in the leg, as the pair were en route to go duck hunting.
“Brown’s friend was riding next to him in the front seat, with the dog and the gun in between them,” Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Gary Morse told ABC News.
As the road turned rough, Eli “got excited” and knocked against the gun, taking a shot at Billy, hitting him just above the knee.
And earlier that year, a dog fired a shotgun into his master’s buttocks while the two were duck hunting. Twenty-seven pellets had to be removed from the man’s backside after “the dog got excited, was jumping around inside the boat and then it jumped on the gun,” said Kevin Potter, the Box Elder County (UT) sheriff’s chief deputy, according to the Telegraph.
Keep your guns out of reach of dogs, people. They’re smarter than you think.