Dog Shoots Owner: K-9 Nearly Kills Human In Accident With 9mm Beretta [REPORT]

By iScience Times Staff Reporter on February 28, 2013 12:19 AM EST

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"Dog Shoots Owner!" read headlines in Sebring, Florida, where a puppy shot his owner with a 9mm Beretta handgun that was laying on the floor of a Ford 250 pick-up truck. (Photo: flickr.com / peretzp)

Dog Shoots Owner In Thigh! Ouch!

Dogs are often thought of as man's best friend, but in a recent incident on a Florida road, one dog proved otherwise. When a Florida man went driving in his pickup truck on Saturday, he thought it'd be like every other drive. Little did he know that the gun on the floor would be loaded, and that the dog would kick the trigger and shit a bullet through his leg.

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"Dog Shoots Owner!" read headlines in Sebring, Florida, where a puppy shot his owner with a 9mm Beretta handgun that was laying on the floor of a Ford 250 pick-up truck. The bullet hit the driver in the leg. He said he immediately knew when the gun when off because he saw it hit him in the leg. The owner of the dog and vehicle pulled into a gas station and wrapped his bleeding leg in a towel. He asked the clerk to call medical services.

Gregory Dale Lanier, 35, is the man that's being identified as the owner of the dog who shot him. He claims that he thought the handgun was empty, and that he left it on the middle console in his truck. He was leaving the Blue Crab restaurant on State Road 17 when the incident happened. Lanier knew that his dog liked to jump around in the car, but he never thought anything like this would ever happen.

Sadly, this isn't the first time that a dog has shot his owner in America. "Dog Shoots Owner!" read headlines prior to this incident when a man named Rene in France was shot by his dog. In December 2011, a Utah duck hunter was shot in the butt by his dog. "The dog got excited, was jumping around inside the boat and then it jumped on the gun. It went off, shooting the [decoy setter] in the buttocks," Box Elder County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Kevin Potter said in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune.

Gregory Dale Lanier, in that case, isn't alone as the type of man that is shot by his own dog. He has plenty of company, but apparently that isn't easing the pain. Police ruled that the shooting was accidental according to the New York Daily News, and Lanier has not commented on his injury or what will happen to the dog.

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