Man shot after dog causes gun to go off
A duck hunter in Utah ended up on the wrong end of his shotgun over the Thanksgiving weekend.
December 1st, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Man shot after dog causes gun to go off

A Utah hunter was on the mend Wednesday after surviving a gunshot wound from man’s best friend - yes, a dog.

While authorities don't know all the particulars, this much is certain, hospital crews had to extract 27 pellets of birdshot from the man, according to news reports.

The incident happened over the weekend when two men and a canine set up to go duck-hunting in the Great Salt Lake near a bird refuge outside Brigham City, according to CNN affiliate KSL.

Before the hunting could commence, one of the men, a 46-year-old from Brigham City, got out of his boat and laid his 12-gauge shotgun across the bow of the vessel, KSL reported.

From there, it gets weird.

"The dog got excited, was jumping around inside the boat and then it jumped on the gun. It went off, shooting the (man) in the buttocks," Box Elder County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Kevin Potter told the Salt Lake City Tribune. The man was apparently setting up decoys when the gun went off, said Potter.

But how – exactly – did this happen?

The dog "did something to make the gun discharge," Potter told KSL. "I don't know if the safety device was on. It's not impossible the dog could have taken it off safety," he was quoted as saying.

Sunday's accident wasn't the only strange occurrence over the Thanksgiving weekend involving outdoorsmen. In North Carolina, fishermen encountered a great white shark - but it didn't shoot them.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Had the dog been drinking?

    December 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    So the dog is claiming it was an accident. I don't believe it for a second. This was pre-meditated.

    December 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alexander Hernandez

    Since the two parties cannot get any business of our nation done, I suggest to do away with the two party system. Our public voted in servants are non better then white collar welfare. We need a new system of government that will attend to the nations needs. How can we allow public servants who took an oath to the counrty, sign an oath to the Tea Party and now they cater to them and not the will of the people. They are affair to go against the Tea Party in fear that they will not get re-elected. These signers need to be with charged with treason for not honoring their oath the voters that elected them and to the nation of all the harm they are doing to our country. No party system any more, go back to the Consittution and start over.

    December 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Limbs

    Blame the innocent again, whydidnt the idiot keep the fire arm in the case unloaded with the safety on as an xtra precaution? This is the american way!!!! Or maybe since its in utah the mans faith wasnt there (until after the fact).

    December 1, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Limbs

    Mr hernandez, this is not a blog on politics can you hear me now? Its about an idiot who blames the accident on his dog , underatand?

    December 1, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ripley! Believe it or dont!

    lol bombo, hes pleading insanity! Had he been given his kibbles prior it wouldnt have happened!

    December 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Portland tonyi

    Headline : "MAN BITES DOG"....Must be a slow news day!

    December 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    The really weird thing is the dog's name is Dick.

    December 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Frank Burns

    Only in the buttocks - the dog is still not as dangerous as Dick Cheney.

    December 1, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Herkimer Schwartz

    The man probably kicked the dog one to many times, and the dog thought, just wait till I get you out on a hunting trip.

    December 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
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      December 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Thelma Lou Brickmore

    Yeah, the old "my dog shot me" ploy...

    December 1, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Thelma Lou Brickmore

    His friend is saying "That's the last time I'm going to see a man about a dog....!"

    December 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Herkimer Schwartz

    That's just a doggone shame.

    December 1, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. David

    Guns don't kill people. Dogs do!

    December 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Thelma Lou Brickmore

    It's a dog-eat-man world.

    December 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
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