Hunter shot by his own dog

Feb. 1, 2010 at 1:54 PM
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LOS BANOS, Calif., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Authorities in California said a hunter was shot by his dog when he left his gun unattended while retrieving duck decoys.

The Merced County Sheriff's Department said the 53-year-old hunter, whose name was not released, was hunting near Los Banos with his Labrador retriever and a partner Saturday when he set down his shotgun and walked about 15 feet away to retrieve some decoy ducks, The Fresno (Calif.) Bee reported Monday.

The dog stepped on the gun, shooting her owner in the upper left part of his back with No. 2 shot.

The sheriff's office said the man was treated and released from Los Banos Memorial Hospital.

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