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Default Dog Shoots Owner!!

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, IN (WBND-LD/CNN) - Hunting accidents and shootings don’t happen very often in Syracuse, IN. But this weekend, it happened, said Jonathan Boyd, and Indiana Conservation Officer.

“A dog had stepped on the trigger, causing the gun to go off and strike a female hunter,” Boyd said.

That’s right - a dog stepped on the trigger and accidentally shot his owner in the foot.

To make this story even more unusual - “The dog’s name was Trigger,” Boyd said.

Trigger accidentally pulled the trigger. Bod called it a case of unfortunate human error. The Department of Natural Resources believes 25-year-old Allie Carter of Avilla, IN, put her shotgun on the ground without the safety on, and her 10-year-old chocolate lab stepped on the gun, firing it at its owner.

‘Believe it or not, getting shot while hunting is very rare,” Boyd said. “But we do have a lot of rules out there to remind people how to be safe.”

Those rules include treating every gun as if it is loaded, always having the safety of the gun on, and always pointing the muzzle of the gun in a safe direction.

It’s tips like these that Marine veteran and lifelong shooter Deloren Thompson said are key to keeping people safe around firearms.

“It’s very important, from kids on up - if you’re gonna have a gun, know the safety, and know how to use it when you use it.”

Thompson, who has been shooting guns for 50 years, believes Saturday’s incident represents a lack of formal training.

“That was more human error than anything. I’ve hunted with dogs and stuff before and never had no problems,” he said.

He also said it’s vital to have your dog trained if you’re bringing it hunting - something he said this victim should have done.

Boyd said taking a hunter education course is a big help for new hunters and veterans.

“If you feel that you need to freshen up on your hunting knowledge, sign up for a free hunter education course.”
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