When Gregory Lanier was driving his truck earlier this week in Florida, the last thing he expected was that he would get shot -- by his dog.
On Saturday, Lanier was accidentally shot by his dog, police say, when the dog kicked a gun on the truck’s floor.
Lanier, 35, was shot in the leg and later explained the bizarre incident to Sebring police, stating he was driving “"when his dog kicked his unloaded .380 pistol, causing it to fire, and the bullet struck his leg.” Lanier then heard boom, “saw smoke and felt a burning in his leg."
The police report states Lanier expressed surprise that the gun was loaded and thought it had no bullets.
Highland Today reports that Sebring Police Commander Steve Carr has not heard a case like this before and is not arresting or detaining Lanier’s dog.
However, this is not the first time a dog has shot its owner.
A gentleman named Rene, 55, who refused to give his last name, was shot by his dog in September while they were hunting together.
“He jumped on me as if to give me a hug,” Rene told ABC. “And as he jumped, his paw hit the trigger.”
The bullet hit Rene’s right hand, which later had to be amputated.
Back in December 2011, the Salt Lake Tribune reported another hunting accident. A duck hunter in Utah was shot in the buttocks by his dog.
"One of the hunters was inside the boat with the dog, and the other hunter was in the water," Box Elder County Sherriff’s Chief Deputy Kevin Potter said. "The guy in the water had put his 12-gauge shotgun across the bow of their boat.
"The dog got excited, was jumping around inside the boat, and then it jumped on the gun. It went off, shooting the [decoy setter] in the buttocks," Potter continued.
Luckily for this hunter, nothing had to be amputated, and it is probable these three dog owners will be more careful with where they have their guns in the future.
Amethyst Tate graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology. During her time at IBT, her articles have been sourced by various...