Texas dog accidentally shoots owner after its paw got stuck in trigger of gun, tucked in the man’s waistband

  • A man in Plano, Texas, was shot in the leg by his dog early this week, according to Plano Police.
  • The man had been lifting his dog up when its paw got stuck in the trigger of the pistol, which was tucked in his waistband. The gun then fired a bullet into the man's thigh.
  • Police officer David Tilley told The Dallas Morning News: "Fortunately, it was just a through and through shot – it didn't hit a main artery or anything. He took himself to the hospital and he's fine." 
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A man in Plano, Texas, was shot in the leg by his dog early this week, according to Plano Police.

The man had been lifting his dog up when its paw got stuck in the trigger of the pistol, which was tucked in the man's waistband. The gun then fired and sent a bullet into the man's thigh.

Officer David Tilley told The Dallas Morning News: "Fortunately, it was just a through and through shot – it didn't hit a main artery or anything. He took himself to the hospital and he's fine." 

The incident led the Plano Police Department to share gun safety tips for those with a License to Carry on their Facebook page.

A dog in Iowa also shot its owner in the leg in 2018, after accidentally disabling the safety switch on the gun resting in the man's waistband and stepping on the trigger, The Independent reported. 

The owner, Richard Remme of Fort Dodge, was treated at hospital and released later that day after calling 911.

Last year, Mississippi man Matt Branch was shot by his dog when it jumped on to the floor of his utility terrain vehicle, stepped on a shotgun, depressed the safety switch and pulled the trigger with his paw, according to The Guardian. 

Branch reportedly died twice before doctors were able to stabilize him and wake him up 12 days after the accident, Newsweek added.

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