http://aolsvc.news.aol.com/news/article.adp?id=20040909082209990001 Dog Shoots Man, Puppies Saved PENSACOLA, Fla. (Sept. 9) - A man who tried to shoot seven puppies was shot himself when one of the dogs put its paw on the revolver's trigger. Jerry Allen Bradford, 37, was charged with felony animal cruelty, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday. He was being treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to his wrist. Bradford said he decided to shoot the 3-month-old shepherd-mix dogs in the head because he couldn't find them a home, according to the sheriff's office. On Monday, Bradford was holding two puppies - one in his arms and another in his left hand - when the dog in his hand wiggled and put its paw on the trigger of the .38-caliber revolver. The gun then discharged, the sheriff's report said. Deputies found three of the puppies in a shallow grave outside Bradford's home, said sheriff's Sgt. Ted Roy. The other four appeared to be in good health and were taken by Escambia County Animal Control, which planned to make them available for adoption.
I gotta say, if there was ever instant karma, this is it. What's he going to say when people asked what happened? "Yah, funny story, I was shooting some puppies in the head when one of them hit the trigger and ended up shooting me instead." This guy won't be winning any popularity contests, that's for sure. Thanks for the link, Gini! Anyone that gets the "must log in warning." just search any news wire for the story, it's pretty widely circulated.
I think that if he was unable to find the dogs homes, it would have been best for them to have been killed if it meant sparing them from a horrible life in a world where they were unwanted and uncared for. Would it have cost him anything though to have had the pups taken to a vet to be euthanized? Also, don't think I am being cruel here or anything, but if done correctly, shooting can be done humanely (i.e.-single shot, kills instantly)... Personaly, I would prefer for an animal to be euthanized by a vet rather than done by oneself with a gun-a weapon with the potential to cause such pain and suffering if not used correctly or in the hands of an inexperienced shooter. ~Seij
Seijun has a point; in a way, it's a culture thing. My father remembers getting paid to drown kittens at a nickel a kitten during the Great Depression. o.O I'd be depressed too. I think anyone who grew up on a farm or in the country has "had to put down" an animal. It isn't pleasant, that's for sure. Still, 7 puppies in a row is something I don't think you could do and walk away from without some kind of emotional trauma, unless you were a terminator or something.