Owner isn’t blaming dog for accidental shooting, police say

Posted Monday, Sep. 16, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Surprisingly, this canine isn’t in the doghouse.

A 78-year-old woman was shot in the foot late Saturday when her shotgun discharged after her dog accidentally knocked it over, police reported.

The woman was watching TV inside her east Fort Worth house shortly before midnight with her shotgun by her side, according to officer Sharron Neal, a police spokeswoman.

The dog walked by and knocked over the shotgun, which fired once when it hit the floor, the woman told police. She was struck in the left foot but did not seek medical attention that night, Neal said.

The next morning, the woman awoke to find her foot swollen and in worse shape than the night before. She then sought treatment at a Fort Worth hospital, police said.

“The victim advised it was an accident, and the dog was not to blame,” Neal said.

Police did not release the name or breed of the dog.

“He has the right to remain silent,” Neal said.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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