Dog shoots Utah hunter in the butt -- with his own gun

Some best friend: A Utah hunter was shot in the behind over the weekend by his buddy's hunting dog.

Adding insult to injury? He was shot with his own gun.

The fluke incident occurred when several duck hunters and their canine companion were preparing for a day on the water near the Bear River Bird Refuge north of Salt Lake City. One of the hunters left his loaded 12-gauge shotgun resting across the bow of the boat while he went to attend to some decoys in a marshy area, according to KSL.com in Utah.

"The dog got excited, was jumping around inside the boat and then it jumped on the gun. It went off, shooting the [man] in the buttocks," Box Elder County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Kevin Potter told the Salt Lake City Tribune.

The victim was identified as Robert Cottingham but he didn't want to talk on camera, according to Fox 13 in Utah. (Probably because he was mortified.)

After the shooting, the hunters called 911 and walked to a nearby road to meet emergency workers. Cottingham was taken to a hospital where he had 27 shotgun pellets removed from his rear end, and was later released.

The incident was labeled a "fluke" by Sgt. Mitch Lane of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, who nonetheless noted that it was a good reminder of the need for gun safety at all times: “The direction your muzzle is pointing and all elements around add to whether accidents happen or not,” he told Reuters.

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--Rene Lynch

Twitter / renelynch

 
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Rene Lynch has been an editor and writer in Metro, Sports, Business, Calendar and Food. @ReneLynch

As an editor and reporter, Michael Muskal has covered local, national, economic and foreign issues at three newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times. @latimesmuskal


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