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Dog Shoots Owner: Again?

Florida dog shoots his owner

Yet another dog has shot his owner. Gregory Dale Lanier, 35, of Sebring, Florida, was driving in his truck Friday night when his dog helpfully kicked the 9 millimeter pistol and blasted his owner in the leg, according to Jay Meisel reporting for Highlands Today.

Steve Carr, the Sebring Police Commander, ascertained that the shooting was an accident and didn’t detain the dog. He commented that he had never heard of a case like this one.

Well, we certainly have. It isn’t even the first case in Florida. Jack Phillips for the Epoch Times noted that a 78-year-old Florida man was also shot in the leg by his dog in December 2011. Here are a couple more cases of trigger-happy pooches shooting their owners.

Last fall, a 55-year-old French duck hunter lost his hand when his Blue Gascony Basset Hound somehow pulled the trigger on his shotgun.

In late 2011, a Utah hunter was shot from behind and in the behind — which I think we’d all agree wasn’t the most sporting behavior from the unnamed hunting breed in question. The dog jumped onto his 12 gauge shotgun and delivered 27 pellets of birdshot to the 46-year-old dog owner’s rear end.

In case you think it couldn’t have happened to you, County Sheriff Deputy Kevin Potter is reported to have said, “I don’t know if the safety device was on. It’s not impossible the dog could have taken it off safety.”

Now there’s a thought that will help every gun owner with a pet dog sleep better at night. If that doesn’t make you double-check the lock on your gun cabinet, nothing will.

In the good old days, editors like early 20th century New York Sun’s John B. Bogart used to say: “Dog bites man is not news, because it happens so often. Man bites dog is news.”

Well, I say that if dogs keep shooting their owners, “dog shoots man” will no longer be news. Take a second look. Your cuddly pet might just be armed and dangerous.

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201 Responses to “Dog Shoots Owner: Again?”

  1. Cynthia Carbajal Dalton

    That's it…I am sending my dogs to gun safety class! If they are going use a gun, the only thing responsible pet owner can and should do, is ensure their four-legged friends are properly trained!

  2. Joanna Braxton

    That's what the owner gets for feeding the dog "Beggin' Strips instead of real Bacon!

  3. Sibyl Kirschmer

    ..we want a ban on stupid gun owners, NOT a "ban on dogs". They are usually smarter than their owners.

  4. David Rebok

    Great! does this mean the liberals want to ban dogs now? or at least dog's with large capacity paws?

  5. Margaret Davis

    OMG———————–Obama will take aways all the dogs…I'm hiding mine.

  6. Anonymous

    Gun shooting dog, sounds kind of smart.But his owner is big Dumb S#%&.

  7. Laurie Pruett

    Why would anyone carry a loaded gun in the car. Stupid people own smart dogs.

  8. Anonymous

    Sibyl Kirschmer, really RUDE and uncalled for. I hope you don't own a firearm with your anger.

  9. Anonymous

    Why does anyone keep a bullet in the chamber? He was lucky that bullet didn't him him in the noggin or heart.

  10. Raena Law Myers

    I'm sorry but the comment about the dog not being detained cracked me up!

  11. Wendy Bryan

    This is exactly why guns are a problem. Too many opportunities for accidents and outright mayhem. If you hunt, try a bow and arrow and work for your kill. Otherwise, we don't need them despite what the NRA and other way far right folks tell you.

  12. Andi Davis

    Don't most pistols have safety locks? And why was it in the seat next to him? He could have avoided this….

  13. Andi Davis

    So, what happens when a criminal busts into your home, work or childrens' school with a gun and points it in your face and demands everything from you, are you going to go get your bow and arrow then? They have outlawed drugs and that hasn't stopped criminals from obtaining them, what makes you think they will be all "Oh, can't have guns anymore, guess I better give mine up too." Your logic is ridiculous.

  14. Diana Bare

    You have to practice gun safety at all times. Even when its just you and your dog……Are mankind suppose to be smarter? Maybe next time the dog wants to stop at Mc Donalds for a burger he think twice about not stopping…..:)

  15. Mike Watson

    If these guns didn't have a cartridge in the pipe they wouldn't have gone off. I don't think its time for the dogs to learn a little gun safety, more like the owners.

  16. Amy McCann Hansen

    Well it's good that they concluded that it was an accident and the dog was not detained, rather than the dog meaning to shoot his owner in the leg.

  17. Patricia Decker-Holland

    guess I'd better frisk my dog after he goes to the vet for his teeth cleaning.

  18. Anonymous

    Awesome! So much for safety. What if the dog shot a bystander? Maybe next week we'll hear about a bystander?

  19. Timothy Sexton

    I think Joe Biden needs to pass a law which will cost millions of dollars that dogs are not allowed to possess firearms without a background check. So all dogs big or small need to have a background check. Effective immediately. This will bring in millions of dollars in revenue. Also in the law that they need to take a safety course in the handling of weapons. This will be more revenue.

  20. Emannuel Tjhai

    I don't always get shoot, but when I do, it's my dog who did it.

  21. Ann Blackard Reichling

    Since when have we ever laughed appropriately or demurely ?

  22. Anonymous

    That dog must have been playing violent video games, or at least that's what the media is telling us is the cause of these shootings.

  23. Jess Williams

    So I wonder, if these men had died from their wounds, would it have been man-slaughter? lol

  24. Lou Gots

    These mystery shootings dogs, dropped guns, and such, strain credibility to the limit. It's possible it could have happened that way, with some older guns, but extremely unlikely to the point of impossibility with most guns made in the last 20 yrs.

  25. Recondo Joseph

    I GUARANTEE IT WAS A DMAN PIT BULL. THEY NEED TO BAN THESE VIOLENT ANIMALS, HOW MANY PEOPLE DO THEY HAVE TO MURDER IN COLD BLOOD BEFORE THE GOVT REALIZES THAT THEY SHOULDn't HAVE ANIMALS ON THE STREET THAT ACTUALLY WANT TO KILL PEOPLE.

  26. Karen McNeill

    So why's the guy riding around with his pistol accessible to his dog? Toddlers can shoot guns, so can animals; don't leave deadly things around them. Oh well, everyone knows that guns don't kill people, people kill (or dogs shoot) people.

  27. Dave Daniels

    The Special Forces need to seriously think about signing the pooch up.

  28. Dave Daniels

    After the first shooting I am ok with an "Accident" after the SECOND attempt? Id start thinking "Racist dog".

  29. Dave Daniels

    Is anyone else out there thinking what IM thinking? It involves a basket some rope, a porch and the Kardashian home?

  30. Robert Gryder

    Case for my Springfield XD-40. Double safety. One at the back of the handle and one on the tirgger. My dog will have to hold it with one paw on the back and then pull the trigger. Bet the 9 that show the owner was a Glock.

  31. Gloria Seeband

    Gun enthusiasts, instead of always TELLING us how responsible you are with your guns, why not SHOW us by not continually ending up in the news? At least, THIS time the appropriate person got shot in the appropriate place, although some may feel that ANY shot to a gun owner is "in the @$$". Too often it's innocent people who pay for your hobby.

  32. Anonymous

    lmfao "Ascertained that the shooting was an accident and didn’t detain the dog."

  33. Anonymous

    Kinda curious why it was out in his truck while driving with the dog to begin with, and not put away in his glove box.

  34. Colley Baird

    Joe Staley I can chamber a round fast enough so I don't need to drive around with one in the pipe. Anyone should be able to. One second is all it takes.

  35. Anonymous

    ANY MORON that keeps loaded weapons around dogs/kids/ex-wives SHOULD BE SHOT! In the privates so they cannot reproduce idiotic morons like themselves!

  36. Roger Bence

    Colley Baird and 1 second is all it takes for some bad guy to put 10 from an uzi in ur gut i carry a springfield xd9 with full clip and 1 in the pipe it can not be discharged unless held properly with full grip on the but bach strap safety fully depressed and double trigger safety squeezed properly to release safety

  37. Javier Rodriguez

    B. S the only way you can shoot a gun is by pulling the trigger no gun will fire just by kicking it. Otherwise everyone who had a gun in the car and hit a pothole would have a big hole in his car.

  38. Clay Slaughter

    Guns are not a problem. Some people who have guns are a problem and the 2nd Amendment was not about hunting, it was a guard against a tyranical government. Read the Federalist papers.

  39. William Pfundstein

    In the state of Colrado it is ilagal to have a round in the chamber of a rifel or shot gun while it`s in a verical , Threre is a reson for it, this just proves why.

  40. Mark Hanna

    no way a dog pulled the trigger on a semi auto 9 mm…that's a lie…this sint the old style of drop your gun and it goes off…this is a lie.

  41. Desiree' Delprincipe

    Yeah, this can really happen. I saw it once in a Bugs Bunny episode.

  42. Taylor Smith

    Headline should read: Another Irresponsible Gun Owner Pays the Price. I love guns and own guns, I hate it when they are misused or when dumb dumb's get their hands on one. It usually results in a headline like this.

  43. Taylor Smith

    Headline should read: Another Irresponsible Gun Owner Pays the Price. I love guns and own guns, I hate it when they are misused or when dumb dumb's get their hands on one. It usually results in a headline like this.

  44. Steve Eberheart

    Okay so 1 second is all it takes for someone to put 10 from an uzi in you…how long does it take you to recognize the threat, grab your gun, aim,hold it properly, depress the safety and squeeze the trigger safety properly?

  45. Steve Eberheart

    Okay so 1 second is all it takes for someone to put 10 from an uzi in you…how long does it take you to recognize the threat, grab your gun, aim,hold it properly, depress the safety and squeeze the trigger safety properly?

  46. Alan Smiley

    No, it means that many Americans, perhaps even most Americans, are not smart enough to be trusted with firearms. This accident could not have happened had the gun owners not earlier loaded a round into the chamber and failed to engage the safety. He's a screw up; an accident waiting to happen.

  47. Alan Smiley

    Peter Rizzo: Some seem to believe that watching a lot of action flicks counts as training.

  48. Anonymous

    If you are going to have a dog around guns, get a shepherd. Shepherds are too humble to shoot. The good shepherd.

  49. Taylor Smith

    The guy could have taken a whole 10 seconds to put the gun up properly but still easily and quickly accessible. Rule #1: never point the gun towards yourself. Really, its not that hard or time consuming.

  50. William Pfundstein

    In Colardo you cant have a round in the chamber Rifel or shot gun in you verical , and this shows way that law is on the books , and it`s a good one , that person would sure fell bad if he had his child with him and that happen. he should be fine for being stupid and he`s one shouldn`t have any fire arms period.

  51. Tony Guerrero

    There! just cancelled my dog's xbox live subscription, and took away all of his Call of Duty games… there will be no dog shootings in this house!

  52. Anonymous

    So, Plexico Burress goes to jail for allegedly shooting himself, and what happened to this guy? Does Plexico have a dog or cat that he can blame for the act?

  53. Donnie Maillet

    ya i don't need an arsenal to feel big. but i have an adult sized penis.

  54. William Pfundstein

    Stupid remarks listed below. In colrado you cant have a round in the chamber Rifle or Shot gun in a vericsl, sure wouldn`t be so funny if his child was the one shot and mabe killed from being stupid, there's a good fine and you could lose you right to carrier a gun. so there's gose more fire to the new gun laws , Not so funny now, right.

  55. William Pfundstein

    Stupid remarks listed below. In colrado you cant have a round in the chamber Rifle or Shot gun in a vericsl, sure wouldn`t be so funny if his child was the one shot and mabe killed from being stupid, there's a good fine and you could lose you right to carrier a gun. so there's gose more fire to the new gun laws , Not so funny now, right.

  56. Anonymous

    look out! cnn calling for more gun bans because DOG MIGHT SHOOT THEIR OWNER! lollll

  57. Anonymous

    CNN CALLING FOR MORE GUN BANS BECAUSE DOGS MAY SHOOT THEIR OWNER! lol MAN THESE PEOPLE R GETTING DESPERATE NOW!

  58. Charles Dean Morgan

    This is all out war. I'm shooting every dog I see, and cats also just because it's fun!

  59. Nykol May

    The owner claimed that his dog was a threat, but he didn't have a leg to stand on.

  60. Anonymous

    Anyone else not at all surprised both incidents happened in Florida?

  61. Donita Hayes

    Did someone actually consider the dog a suspect for the Commander to say "the shooting was an accident and we didn't detain the dog?"

  62. L. Scott Draper

    Hey Andi you stupid cunt…if someone has a gun in your face then you`re pretty well fucked.Don`t call out others on logic when you don`t have the capacity for logical thought yourself.

    And get a female name.

  63. Anonymous

    Hand guns are made for killin'.
    Ain't no good for nothin' else.
    And if you like your whiskey.
    You might even shoot yourself.
    So why don't we dump 'em people.
    To the bottom of the sea.
    Before some fool come around here.
    Wanna shoot either you or me.

  64. Sarah Stevens

    they determined that it was an accident and didn't detain the dog. haha…that is hillarious! I mean, it sucks for the owner ofcourse, but really? lol

  65. John Kinge

    Why can't this happen to Michael Vick? Now THAT would be poetic justice, especially if the dog nailed Vick in the head!

  66. Anonymous

    The Liberals will probably want background checks run on dogs now! Paw prints will be mandatory!

  67. Susan Szafranski

    The dog in that picture looks like my old dog who we lost about a year ago… :(

  68. Gary Smith

    Duh! Don't carry a loaded gun in your car! At least not a shell in the chamber!

  69. Tiana Bryant

    haha this is the dumbest 2 things I have ever heard. in order to believe this story I must see a video. stupid people. just admit u were dumb and shot your own behind and hand off.

  70. Brendan J. Riley

    Guns don't kill people I kill people! Hahaha love happy gilmore!

  71. Jennifer Fogarty

    I can't believe he just had it unsecured on the seat next to him while bouncing around in a car! Doesn't he know that dogs like to play with guns? Next time, teach your dog basic gun safety rules!

  72. Tabitha Wilson

    These animals are retaliating for all their ancestors that have been shot or "put down"….lol.

  73. Lin Antalek

    actually I FIND THE STORIES FUNNY>>> LOOK IF THESE PEOPLE KEPT THESE GUNS WHERE THEY BELONG IT WOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED>> WATCH FOR IT>> LAWS FOR IDIOTS>>LOL.

  74. Steve Moran

    To Alan Smiley…who says.."even most American are not smart enough to own firearms." Think about what you're saying. If you look at percentages and accidents…you're saying that most Americans are not smart enough to drive a car, drink beer or spirits, or senior citizens not smart enough to shower or even go into the bathroom….heck, from what I see, most Americans should not be allowed to vote…

  75. Eric Fransen

    The NRA just sent the dog a letter stating that Obama will take away his right to shoot his owner, if he doesn't contribute $100 today; along with a membership applicaton.

  76. Denise Geiger

    Really! I'm thinking it's a case of reincarnation; where the owner's deceased wife comes back as a dog and well you know the rest of the story! :-D

  77. Anonymous

    "Man Bites Dog, Dog Shoots Man" If the law of very large numbers holds true, we might eventually see this headline….And probably in Florida, if the prior article is any indication….Yet another reason for the people who were very recently freed by gaining access to firearms to get angry that access to firearms is illegal.

  78. Anonymous

    "Dog Shoots Man, Man Bites Dog" If the law of very large numbers holds true, we might eventually see this headline….And probably in Florida, if the prior article is any indication….Yet another reason for the people who were very recently freed by gaining access to firearms to get angry that access to firearms is illegal. Since all those scary guns have a life of their own, it probably wouldn't be surprising to the terrified "leftist" hoplophobes in our midst. The guns are just jumping into Fido's paws and "going off."…With poor helpless mankind left to no alternative but to bite the more sophisticated animal in self defense.

    And now that Florida, through the royal decree of judge Belvin Perry, has turned its back completely on western civilization, and the 800 years of human progress since the magna charta, we shouldn't be suprised by how regressive the state becomes. Sure, they have temporary gun priviliges, but they've lost free speech and jury trials, so those won't last long. How long before the master is forced to bow down to his dogs? We're already substrate before the tyrannical likes of Belvin Perry, and sociopaths like him bring less to the table in terms of logic and reason than a Blue Gascony Basset Hound does.

  79. LJ Hamblin

    I am glad to see that SOMEONE — the dog population — is finally taking a stand against morons who go around armed with guns.

  80. Kristina Vön Reindholt-Gürtz Stotts

    lol recondo you're my favorite troll xD

  81. Sherry April Bailey

    When Oh When Will Man Step Up To The Plate of His Own Stupidity!

  82. Sherry April Bailey

    When Oh When Will Man Step Up To The Plate of His Own Stupidity!