Dog shoots owner

2010-07-14 08:05

A New Zealand man has good reason to question whether his dog is

truly his best friend after his family pet shot him in the backside in a

potentially fatal accident.

The 40-year-old man was sitting in the back seat of his car when

the dog stepped on the trigger of a loaded .22 rifle and shot him, police told

the Northern Advocate newspaper today.

The wounded man was with a group of friends who had just finished

killing and butchering a domestic pig and he thought the rifle had been


He was rushed by helicopter to a nearby hospital in the far

northern town of Dargaville where doctors said he underwent surgery to remove a

bullet from his left buttock.

Dargaville police constable Ian Anderson said the man was lucky not

to have been more seriously injured.

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