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Duck hunter gets shot in the back -- by his own dog

February 1, 2010 |  1:22 pm

A hunter and his dog are silhouetted by the rising sun.

Talk about a stupid pet trick.

A duck hunter was accidentally shot in the back Saturday when his female Labrador retriever stepped on the man's loaded shotgun, causing it to discharge.

The Fresno Bee reports that the man was hunting with his dog and a friend near Los Banos in central California. When they decided to call it a day, the hunter set his shotgun down and left the blind to go retrieve some duck decoys about 15 yards away.

Though the gun's safety was set, the lab somehow stepped on it, causing the safety to disengage and the weapon to fire, hitting the dog's owner in the upper back.

The 53-year-old man was treated at Memorial Hospital Los Banos for the non life-threatening injury and released the same day.

Neither the names of the hunter nor his dog were released.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: A hunter and his dog are silhouetted by the rising sun. Credit: George Wilhelm / Los Angeles Times

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