February 28th, 2013 11:18 EST
Pooch Shoots Owner, Shooting Ruled Accidental
"A Highlands County man is recovering after police say he was shot by an unlikely suspect: his pet dog.
35-year-old Gregory Dale Lanier was driving with his pet pooch on Saturday when the dog kicked a .380 pistol that was on the truck`s floor.
Lanier thought the gun was unloaded, but quickly learned otherwise after hearing a "boom, saw smoke and felt a burning in his leg.`"
If Lanier had a loaded shotgun on the floor of his truck, he would have been looking for a new leg and a new dog.
Police have ruled the shooting accidental, brilliant deduction; I don`t think a pooch would bite the hand that feeds him or intentionally shoot his master in the leg.
A man driving his truck with his dog riding shotgun is an All-American image, however the canine usually has his head sticking out the window.
Memo to Lanier: Keep your windows down so your pooch can stick his head out and enjoy the scenery instead of kicking objects on the floor of your truck.
Finally, dude for God`s sake make sure your gun is unloaded before you place it on the truck`s floor.
Photo Credit: http://www.wikipedia.org/ (Generic puppy, not image of trigger-happy pooch)
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