Dog shoots man; still good boy

Iowa man suffers only minor injury

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An Iowa man had a "ruff" day Wednesday after being accidentally shot by his dog, Balew, a pit bull-Labrador mix.

Richard Remme, 51, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, was injured when the gun he was carrying in his waistband was discharged while he was playing with his dog, the Fort Dodge Messenger reported.

"I carry. It's a Ruger 9 mm, and it's got a safety on it," Remme told the Messenger. "I was lying on the couch, and we were horsing around, me and the dog. And I was tossing him off my lap, and he was jumping back on my lap.

"And I carry in a belly band, under my bib overalls. And apparently he bumped the safety one time, and when he bounded back over one of his toes went right down into the trigger guard."

The ensuing gunshot wound to his leg sent Remme to the hospital, but his injury was minor, and he was released later the same day.

Fort Dodge Police Chief Roger Porter corroborated the unlikely story.

"He has a license to carry, and a license for the gun," Porter told the Messenger, adding that it was simply a freak accident.

Though Remme didn't initially realize he was shot, Balew was immediately upset.

"The dog's a big wuss. The poor dog laid down beside me and cried because he thought he was in trouble for doing something wrong," Remme said. "He's afraid of the dark, he's afraid of water."

The bullet stayed lodged in Remme's leg, and he will follow up with a surgeon to see if it needs to be removed.

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