How much do you love your dog? Would you forgive it for having an accident in the house? Ripping up a pillow? Digging holes in the backyard? Shooting you in the chest?
Oh, what's that? You don't think dogs shoot people in the chest? Well, think again, because that's exactly what Tex Gillian, 74, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, thought before he found himself on his way to the hospital.
Gillian was packing his truck to go hunting jackrabbits in the desert outside the city with his three dogs, Scooter, Cowboy, and (alleged shooter) Charlie. As they were packing things up, Charlie got his claw stuck on the trigger of a shotgun and fired the weapon, striking Gillian in the chest.
@ABC Innocent bystander shot by dog who’s intended target was the neighbors cat. More to come at the six o’clock ho… https://t.co/my2lufMaAa— sluggos (@sluggos)1541193252.0
According to ABC, Gillian thought he'd been hit by a sniper!
"I thought who was that? I was there, isolated, nobody was around."
@ABC https://t.co/AY4jxGzquE— JayTheFakeWriter✍🏿 (@JayTheFakeWriter✍🏿)1541286024.0
Kelly Jameson, a Dona County Sheriff's office spokesperson, reports that the incident is being handled as an accidental shooting.
As of the writing of this article, no charges had been filed against Charlie.
@ABC Of course it's not the dog's fault. I hate blaming the victim because the guy is obviously in some pain now a… https://t.co/Xx7cLaKWEz— Burt Likko (@Burt Likko)1541199346.0
@burtlikko @ABC I would be way more impressed if the dog actually meant to do it and succeeded— Vikram Bath1👻 (@Vikram Bath1👻)1541212051.0
When Gillian called emergency services, they took him to a hospital ASAP while an investigation into the shooting began. The details of the "hit" quickly became clear.
According to Jameson:
"'The gun was positioned in the truck with the barrel facing up, towards Mr. Gilligan,' Doña Ana County Sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Jameson told ABC News...'Apparently Mr. Gilligan ... had placed his gun in the floorboard of the truck with the butt of the gun on the floorboard.'"
@ABC my dog just rings a bell when he wants to go out sheeesh— Southpaw Stidham (@Southpaw Stidham)1541262972.0
@ABC The dog's owner added, "That's the last time I let one of my dogs ride shotgun!"— Margarita (@Margarita)1541266503.0
Gillian was hospitalized, but wants everyone to know this wasn't Charlie's fault, saying:
"It's an interesting story: 'a dog shot a man!' [Charlie] did not mean to do it. He's a good dog."
@ABC How can a good dog with a gun stop a bad dog with a gun when the bad dog is a good dog 🤔— Ghost Without A Shell (@Ghost Without A Shell)1541253373.0
Since Gillian is okay, Twitter users couldn't help but laugh:
@ABC If only there was an armed dog there this would never have happened— Zach Glicksman (@Zach Glicksman)1541266255.0
@ABC 😮😮😮 I need to hide my guns from my cats. If dogs can get away with attempted murder, cats can get away with anything! 😨😰🤣— Angie H. (@Angie H.)1541259357.0
@ABC https://t.co/OxYUuhl3rl— scott ganca (@scott ganca)1541192952.0
@ABC @jaredlholt Old Yeller 2: The Revenge— Please Make It Stop (@Please Make It Stop)1541264323.0
@ABC Ok while the story is a clear example of why guns should be handled properly - I did love the “he’s a good dog… https://t.co/nHNhF1ovX3— Sandra Dee 🐶🖤 (@Sandra Dee 🐶🖤)1541284622.0
@ABC We need common sense dog control.— david smith (@david smith)1541253141.0
This story presents two lessons: Always keep the safety on and watch your back when your dogs are around...just in case.