Dog shoots owner in bizarre hunting accident

    Dog shoots owner in bizarre hunting accident (photos: Las Cruces Sun News via Mark Gilligan)

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is recovering after he says his dog Charlie shot him.

    Yes, he said his 120-pound Rottweiler-mix shot him in the back.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Sonny “Tex” Gilligan told police Charlie accidentally pulled the trigger during a hunt for jackrabbits in the desert west of Las Cruces.

    According to the 74-year-old Gilligan, Charlie got his foot in the trigger of the gun while in the back seat of Gilligan’s parked truck, slipped off and pulled the trigger.

    The bullet went through the driver’s seat and struck Gilligan’s back, breaking a few ribs and shattering his collarbone.

    Gilligan was transported to University Medical Center in El Paso where he underwent several surgeries and is expected to recover.

    Gilligan says Charlie is still “a good dog.”

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