Dog shoots American owner while ‘horsing around’

Published: May 11, 2018
A pitbull Labrador crossbreed. PHOTO COURTESY: TELEGRAPH

A pitbull Labrador crossbreed. PHOTO COURTESY: TELEGRAPH

WASHINGTON: A 51-year-old man from Iowa, United States was shot by his own dog while playing with the pet in his home, local media reported on Friday.

Richard Remme of Fort Dodge was encouraging his dog Balew, a cross between a pit bull and a labrador, to jump on his lap as he lay on his sofa when the dog apparently flicked the safety catch off the 9mm pistol he was carrying in his belt.

Police outside Richard Remme’s home. PHOTO COURTESY: TELEGRAPH

“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,” he told The Messenger newspaper after being discharged from hospital.

“Apparently he bumped the safety one time, and when he bounded back over one of his toes went right down into the trigger guard,” the injured dog owner said.

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“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.”

Remme called 911 and told the emergency dispatcher, “My dog shot me.”


“I’ve never heard of that,” the city police chief Roger Porter told the paper.

“I’ve heard of guns dropping and going off on the floor, and horsing around and guns going off. I can’t say I’ve heard a dog story before.”
“Only in America can you get shot by your dog,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an organization pushing for stricter gun controls in the US.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Jamal
    May 12, 2018 - 12:34AM

    Any court proceedings against the dog.?Recommend

  • Uncle Tom
    May 12, 2018 - 8:24AM

    Guns dont kill people, dogs with Guns kill people.Recommend

  • Vladimir Kalashnikov
    May 12, 2018 - 9:13AM

    Imagine how many people could have been hurt if the dog wasn’t armed!Recommend

  • Manzoor Ahmed
    May 12, 2018 - 12:29PM

    This is not the doggy style that comes to mind.Recommend

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