October 25, 2002

Shot by your dog, and you're to blame - you give guns a bad name...
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) - Another future Darwin Award winner story.

Michael Murray, 42, was pheasant hunting in western South Dakota on the first day of the season last Saturday. He said he was lining up a photo of the seven birds his hunting party shot in the first hour. The loaded 12-gauge shotgun lay on the ground near Sonny, his year-old English setter pup, who stepped on it, causing it to fire and strike Murray in the leg.

His brother-in-law, Chuck Knutson of Woodbury, quickly tied a tourniquet above Murray's right boot. The third member of the hunting party was Murray's father, also Michael, of New Richmond, Wis. The three men climbed into their truck and drove to a relative's house. A half-hour later an ambulance took Murray to a nearby hospital.

Murray admits there is a certain amount of notoriety that goes along with getting shot by your dog. "That's the hard part, talking to people, because you feel like such a fool," he said. "Shoot, damn varmint couldn't hit the side of a barn!"

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