Man's best friend may be no more, after a dog reportedly shot his owner in the leg with a shotgun during a hunting trip that turned ugly.
The unnamed man was hunting waterfowl from a boat on the Leech River in Cass County, Minneapolis, when his dog jumped in the boat, landed on the hunter’s shotgun and inadvertently pulled the trigger.
The shot man was rushed to hospital where his gunshot wound was determined to be non life-threatening, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.
The incident is under investigation but no criminal charges are pending, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Incredibly, the incident is not the first of its kind.
According Highlands Today, Lanier told authorities that he didn't realize his .380 pistol was loaded, until his dog kicked the weapon, firing a round into Lanier's leg.
"Lanier said he heard boom, saw smoke and felt a burning in his leg," Sebring Police Commander Steve Carr explained.
As chance would have it, a similar dog-shoots-master situation occurred just months before.
Billy E. Brown, 78, was shot in the thigh by his dog as he drove to a deer-hunting spot in Pasco County. The bulldog, named Eli, apparently became excited and knocked into the rifle.
Last year, a hunter in France had to have his right hand amputated after his dog fired his gun while apparently attempting to "cuddle" his master, the BBC reported.
"It wasn't the dog's fault," the hunter later told radio station France Bleu.