The animals are fighting back.
A dog blasted a pheasant hunter with a shotgun in a bizarre accident in Iowa this week, according to officials.
New Hampshire man William Rancourt, 36, was at a public hunting area in Wright County Wednesday afternoon when the pup unwittingly stepped on the trigger guard of another hunter’s shotgun — causing it to discharge and hit Rancourt in the back with bird shot pellets, Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources said in a press release.
Rancourt was about 22 yards away from the dog when he was shot and was taken to a hospital in Fort Dodge with injuries that are considered non-life-threatening, the department said.
“In this case, there was a good distance between the muzzle and the wound, but if the victim had been closer, his injuries would have been more severe,” Ken Lonneman, a conservation officer for the department told The Des Moines Register.
Rancourt was with three other people and two dogs — both German shorthaired pointers — at the hunting area. One of Rancourt’s fellow hunters had placed his shotgun on the ground without unloading, according to the report.
“I don’t know if we can blame the dog in this case,” Lonneman told CBS News. “If we’re going to blame anyone, I would say the hunters were at fault here.”
Although hunting dogs are commonly used in pheasant hunting, they rarely shoot their animal-killing owners Lonneman told Radio Iowa.
“It’s only happened twice that I’ve seen in my 31 years as a conservation officer where a dog actually was responsible for the accidental discharge of a gun,” he said. “But it does happen.”
Credit: NY Post