A pitbull and Labrador retriever accidentally shot his owner in the leg on Friday after the man’s handgun went off while the two had been playing on the couch in their home in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
According to the The Messenger, Richard Remme, 51, stated his dog Balew had been jumping up and down off and onto the couch when the dog stepped on the trigger.
“I carry. It’s a Ruger 9 mm, and it’s got a safety on it,” Remme said. “I was lying on the couch, and we were horsing around, me and the dog. And I was tossing him off my lap, and he was jumping back on my lap. “And I carry in a belly band, under my bib overalls. And apparently he bumped the safety one time, and when he bounded back over one of his toes went right down into the trigger guard. It has a trigger safety as well as a thumb safety, and he managed to hit both of them, and it discharged and went into my leg, did no major damage to anything.”
At first Remme didn’t realize he had been shot and said he looked around for the bullet, but when he looked down, his pant leg was filling up with blood. That’s when he called 911.
Remme added that Balew was extremely upset after the incident and thought he had done something wrong. “The big wuss” laid down beside Remme and cried thinking he was in trouble.
Remme was taken to the hospital and released later in the day. As for Balew, he’s not in trouble. Remme is licensed to carry a gun.
(Photo of dog who accidentally shot his owner freezeshot of video KcciNews)
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