Nope, this is not a tabloid headline. This really did happen.
King George, a 150 pound Great Dane, accidentally shot his owner in the back at his Memphis, Tennessee home. The owner, his fiancee, her brother, and this 22-month-old dog were in the living room all together when the incident happened.
The owner’s fiancee said that King George gets really excited and that night was no different. She said that there was a .22-caliber pistol on the end table. While this Great Dane became excited, his long, hard tail knocked the pistol off of the table. The gun went off, hitting his owner in the back.
The man was rushed to the hospital and currently is in stable condition and is recovering.
“I knew he was smart, I didn’t think he was that smart,” the victim’s fiancee said. “He was always protective. I didn’t think he would be like that.”
She also added that King George is known for his charm and playfulness. The woman said that King George is her baby and is the sweetest dog in the world.
The fiancee said that after the shooting, King George backed up in the corner and had a look of “did I do something that I wasn’t supposed to do” on his face.
Police refused to name the victim as they do not plan to file charges in the shooting, which they’ve ruled as accidental. The man had the gun as protection and was licensed to carry it.
Memphis Police Department said that they have never heard of an incident of a dog shooting an owner. They advise to not only keep guns away from children but also your pets.
King George won’t face any charges.
After the story aired on local TV stations, emails poured in wondering about King George’s safety. Many people were concerned about the dog’s well being because they said that he looked extremely thin.
Also many were worried about the fiancee’s comment of how she was scared what her fiancee was going to do to the dog after he got out from the hospital. She said that King George would be in trouble with the owner and she hoped that he wouldn’t hurt King George too badly.
Also, many calls and emails around the nation were made to the Memphis Humane Society. The organization said that they would be sending out an investigator due to the numerous concerns.
When a local news team went out to the residence of King George and his fiancee’s owner, there was no answer at the door.
Source: My Fox Memphis