WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A hunter was accidentally ‘shot’ by his dog in a freak accident.
- First-responders found 74-year-old Sonny Gilligan bleeding in his pickup truck.
- Hunter’s son was not shocked knowing the behavior of the rowdy pooches.
In New Mexico, Sonny Gilligan, a hunter was wounded when in a bizarre series of events, his dog accidentally ‘shot’ him. El Paso Times reported that the Doña Ana Country resident was shot in the back while he was in the front seat of his pickup truck.
“It was a freak accident but it’s true, that’s what happened,” Gilligan said.
The hunter and his three dogs – Charlie, Scooter and Cowboy – went on a hunting trip for jackrabbits on Thursday west of Las Cruces.
Gilligan told the newspaper that Charlie got his foot in the trigger of the gun and when he [Gilligan] leaned forward, [the dog] slipped off the seat, caught the trigger and it shot. The shotgun blasted through the driver’s seat breaking several of Gilligan’s ribs and his collarbone. Luckily, he survived the freak accident.
Gilligan owes his life to the Doña Ana County Police Sherrif’s Office first responders who arrived in the nick of time. He revealed that if the responders waited 10 more minutes, he would have died due to blood loss.
Gilligan added that he actually passed out before getting to the hospital but was able to be revived through CPR.
After the incident, the three dogs were ‘jailed’ at the Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley, Gilligan jokingly admitted. Gilligan, after all, rescued these three dogs when they were still puppies.
Gilligan’s son, Mark, was not so shocked with the accidental shooting stating that the adopted pooches are known to be pretty rambunctious and full of energy. He also reported that these are the same reasons why the previous owners gave the puppies up. In turn, his dad adopted the dogs to let them run free in his four acres of land.
Source: New York Post