Dog Shoots Owner in Florida with Pistol in Latest Gun Incident

A dog in the state of Florida inadvertently shot its owner in the latest but rare gun incidents to hit the news.

Frostproof resident Gregory Dale Lanier, 35, was shot and wounded by his pet on Feb. 23 though he did survive without any serious injuries, according to Highlands Today, 

Lanier told investigators that he was driving on State Road 17 North "when his dog kicked his unloaded .380 pistol causing it to fire and the bullet struck his leg."  Lanier said he "heard boom, saw smoke and felt a burning in his leg."

The man was reportedly inside his pickup truck with his dog on Saturday when the animal knocked the loaded gun off the front seat and onto the floor. Lanier only suffered minor injuries but did need to receive treatment for the gunshot wound. 

He told Sebring police he wasn't aware that the .380 pistol he carried was even loaded with bullets at the time, and was surprised that is went off.

Sebring police Cmdr. Steve Carr said the police didn't detain the animal, pending an investigation. He said that he'd never experienced a case like this. The authorities said that they're treating the incident as an accidental one.

Interesting enough, this isn't the first time that someone has been shot by their pet animals. Back in September on 2012, a hunter in France ending up having to have his right hand amputated when his dog set off his gun as the two of them were "cuddled," according to BBC.

 "It wasn't the dog's fault - and he's adorable," the owner told France Bleu radio.

 In December 2011, Billy E. Brown was also shot by his dog as he made the drive to Pasco County in order to go deer hunting. The 78-year-old was reportedly shot in the thigh, according to The Huffington Post.

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