Roughhousing gets a little too ‘ruff’ when Iowa dog shoots his owner

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man says his dog inadvertently shot him while they were roughhousing Wednesday.

Fifty-one-year-old Richard Remme, of Fort Dodge, told police he was playing with his dog, Balew, on the couch and tossed the dog off his lap. He says when the pit bull-Labrador mix bounded back up, something went wrong.

“I carry in a belly band, under my bib overalls,” Remme told The Messenger newspaper. “And apparently he bumped the safety one time, and when he bounded back over, one of his toes went right down into the trigger guard.”

“It has a trigger safety as well as a thumb safety, and he managed to hit both of them, and it discharged and went into my leg, did no major damage to anything.”

Remme was treated at a hospital and released later that day.

Remme told The Messenger that Balew is a “big wuss” and laid down beside him and cried because he thought he had done something wrong.

Police Chief Roger Porter called the shooting a freakish occurrence.

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