Thursday, January 10, 2008

Dog Shoots Man

This is, of course, sad, to one meaning of the word sad.

A Houston-area man was killed in a hunting accident after his dog stepped on a loaded shotgun in the back of a pick-up truck, triggering a blast that pierced the vehicle and the hunter's leg, a local sheriff said.

Perry Price, a 46-year-old math teacher, shot a goose on Saturday then put his gun in the back of the truck where the dog was waiting to retrieve the bird.

"I've been in law enforcement 20 years and this is probably the strangest one I've had," said Chambers County Sheriff Joe LaRive.

Investigators found paw prints and mud from the dog, a chocolate Labrador retriever named Arthur, on the shotgun, LaRive said.

Actually, it's sad not just that he died, but sad that there is (was?) such stupidity in hte world. The first thing you're taught about gun safety is that if you're not going to shoot it right now, immediately, it should be broken (if a shot gun) or the safety on (if a rifle). Anything else is simply nuts, and leaving a loaded, closed, shotgun where a dog might triggerit isn't just sad, or stupid, it's insane.

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