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Published:February 28th, 2013 11:18 EST

Pooch Shoots Owner, Shooting Ruled Accidental

By Robert Paul Reyes

"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.

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Photo Credit: (Generic puppy, not image of trigger-happy pooch)

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