Dog 'ironically' named Trigger shoots hunter in the foot

By Ben Hooper
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AVILLA, Ind., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Authorities in Indiana said a dog "ironically and aptly named Trigger" stepped on his owner's hunting shotgun and shot her in the foot.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said Allie Carter, 25, of Avilla was hunting waterfowl at Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area Saturday when she set her 12-gauge shotgun on the ground by her feet.


The DNR report said Carter's 10-year-old chocolate Labrador, "which is ironically and aptly named Trigger," then stepped on the gun, causing it to fire.

Carter was taken to a local hospital with injuries to her left foot and toes. She was transferred to a hospital in Fort Wayne and later released.

"It was just an accident that occurred and just to serve as a stark reminder of some of the safety measures we should take," Indiana Conservation Officer Jonathon Boyd told WBND-TV.

Boyd said Carter had not completed a hunting safety course. He recommended all hunters complete one of the DNR's free courses.

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