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.

According to ABC, Gillian thought he'd been hit by a sniper!

"I thought who was that? I was there, isolated, nobody was around."

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.


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.'"


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."

Since Gillian is okay, Twitter users couldn't help but laugh:






This story presents two lessons: Always keep the safety on and watch your back when your dogs are around...just in case.

H/T - ABC, Indy 100

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