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. Ngetski

    Ban dogs!!!

    December 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Thelma Lou Brickmore

    I'm with you, Ngetski; we need stricter dog-control laws...

    December 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Herkimer Schwartz

    I've heard of people being dogged out before, but wow.

    December 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Herkimer Schwartz

    Bad dog, baaad dog.

    December 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Herkimer Schwartz

    I've heard that if you let a dog lick your wounds, that they'll heal faster. Maybe he should try it.

    December 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. hope

    Shot in the buttttocks!


    December 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO

    Rub his nose in it or he'll never learn.

    December 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Herkimer Schwartz

    See, this is why they have leash laws. Let them run loose and you never know what they'll do. I'll bet he planned this all summer.

    December 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandra

      Herkimer, please stop with the jokes - I'm eating lunch at my desk and giggling every 30 seconds. Now i have a picture in my mind of everytime the owner was not nice to the dog, as soon as he left the room, the dog pulled out a reporter's notebook and wrote down the offense and rubbed his paws together thinking, "just wait, bucko!"

      December 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scout

    Clearly pre-MUTT-itated. Seriously though when the reporter says "From there, it gets weird." he/she demonstrates lack of knowledge about guns, duck hunting, etc. People who supposedly know gun safety shoot themselves all the time, probably every day. Why is it weird when a dog trips over the trigger of a loaded gun while in the tight quarters of a duck boat?

    December 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. The Thing From Uranus

    Those right wing dogs in Washington have been jumping around on duck hunting boats with loaded guns for years!!

    December 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. james stirk

    Plain and simple, damn poor gun handling on the man's part.

    December 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michael

    It is a pity that hunted animals ca not carry a weapon, good for the dog, the SPCA should make a follow in case something happens to the dog.

    December 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • WooHoo77

      hunted animals don't have Opposable thumbs.... this would make the task quite daunting.

      December 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The Earth is Crying

    Not the dogs fault. The hunter made a choice to bring the dog on to a boat in the first place. Not much room and a loaded gun with the safety off. An accident waiting to happen. Hope the man is doing well.

    December 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cherries

    This will go on the "Top 10 Best Excuses" when he can't go to work.

    December 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Doink

    Lies, the hunter who got shot is just covering for Dick Cheney!!

    December 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
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