Tuesday 19 March 2019

Dog 'cries' after shooting owner

Richard Remme and his dog Balew
Richard Remme and his dog Balew

Mike Wright

A dog has accidentally shot its owner in the leg while the two were "horsing around" on a sofa.

Richard Remme was playing with his pit bull-Labrador cross, Balew, at his home in Fort Dodge, Iowa, when the incident happened.

In the rough-and-tumble the pet managed to knock the safety catch on the Ruger 9mm pistol his owner was carrying and then hit the trigger with his paw.

Mr Remme (51) said: "I was lying on the couch, and we were horsing around... I was tossing him off my lap, and he was jumping back on.

"I carry [a gun] under my overalls. Apparently he bumped the safety one time, and when he bounded back over one of his toes went right down into the trigger guard.

"It has a trigger safety as well as a thumb safety, he managed to hit both of them and it discharged and went into my leg. [But it] did no major damage to anything."

He added that his loyal pet was distressed to learn how he had unwittingly harmed his master.

"The dog's a big wuss," said Mr Remme. "The poor dog laid down beside me and cried because he thought he was in trouble for doing something wrong. He's a pit-lab mix. He's afraid of the dark and afraid of water."

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