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article imageTrigger the dog accidentally pulls trigger, shoots owner in foot

By Megan Hamilton     Oct 28, 2015 in Lifestyle
Avilla - Allie Carter, 25, may want to consider giving her dog a new name. Especially since his name seemed to be prophetic last Saturday morning, when he accidentally shot his owner in the foot by stepping on the gun.
That's right, Trigger pulled the trigger.
Carter and Trigger, her chocolate lab were on a waterfowl hunt at the Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area in northern Indiana, Reuters reports.
Carter put her 12-gauge shotgun on the ground so she could reposition herself and that's when her 11-year-old canine companion stepped on the gun and depressed the trigger, said Indiana Conservation Officer Jonathon Boyd.
Officials say she suffered minor foot injuries and was treated and released at a local hospital, CNN reports.
Carter hasn't completed a hunting education course, something that anyone venturing out into the field should do, Boyd said, according to The Independent.
Would-be hunters born after December 31, 1986 must take a certified hunter education course before buying a hunting license in Indiana.
An aspiring hunter can get as many as three apprentice hunter's licenses without taking the course if they are accompanied by someone who's taken it, Boyd said. Carter had an apprentice license and she faces no charges.
Boyd has the following advice for hunters:
Every gun should be treated like it's loaded. Remember to keep the safety on if the gun isn't in use, and make sure to point it away from you.
There's something else that's apparent, however.
The National Rifle Association likes to parrot the phrase "guns don't kill people, people with guns kill people." It's becoming apparent that dogs with guns kill er, wound people as well, Alternet reports.
Yes, that means Trigger isn't the only trigger-happy dog. Over the last few years, dogs have been on a shooting spree.
Take the case of Gregory Dale Lanier, for instance.
The Florida man was shot when his pooch kicked a gun that was lying on the floor of his truck. The gun fired and a bullet wound up in the man's leg.
Lanier, 35, didn't think the gun was loaded. Well, ooops.
Investigators say he was driving down a state road in Florida when the dog/pistol incident occurred. Lanier heard a boom, saw smoke, "and felt a burning in his leg."
The police report stated that Lanier didn't know the gun he'd purchased was a 9mm semi-automatic weapon. How do you purchase a gun and not even know what type of weapon it is?
Florida law states that Lanier's gun should have been kept in the glove compartment, or in a holster. Not on the floor of his truck. Fortunately for Lanier, local police determined it was an accidental shooting, and they took his word that he didn't realize the gun was loaded.
Then there's the case of Wyoming man Richard Fipps, who was shot by his dog when the friendly pooch stepped on his .300 Winchester Magnum. The local sheriff says that Fipps and two other men were trying to move his truck, which was stuck. Fipps was standing beside his truck when he told his dog to move from the front seat to the back. Obeying his master, the dog jumped on Fipps' rifle, which was on the backseat with the safety off. (What is it with people leaving the safety off of their guns? Doesn't that seem like inviting trouble?) The ensuing bullet struck Fipps in the left arm, traveled past his back and struck his right sleeve. Fipps was treated at a hospital in Billings, Montana. At the time of the incident, which occurred last December, Fipps was at risk of losing his arm.
In another instance, a man was shot by his own cat. (Why should dogs have all the fun?)
Michigan resident Joseph Stanton, 29, was cooking in his kitchen and wound up being shot after one of his cats knocked his 9mm handgun off of the kitchen counter, causing it to fire when it hit the floor, Michigan State Police said, per Fox News.
Stanton was shot in the lower torso and was transported to a local hospital. It is unclear whether he was transferred to another hospital for further treatment.
In discussing Carter's case, one local hunter said the dog shouldn't be blamed. This was a case of human error more than anything, Deloren Thompson said per CNN.
"I've hunted with dogs and stuff before and never had problems." He recommended that hunters also put their dogs through hunting safety training.
If Carter decides to rename her pooch, there's one other name she probably shouldn't use: Gunner.
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