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Good dog has very bad day
Rambunctious pup triggers shotgun, hitting his master
BY BILL GARDNER,Pioneer Press
CHRIS POLYDOROFF, Pioneer Press
Brookly Park resident Michael Murray was shot when a shotgun was accidentally discharged by his dog Sonny.
Right away, Sonny knew he'd done wrong.
A hunting dog isn't supposed to shoot his owner.
Michael Murray was on the cold ground, his ankle spurting blood.
"Sonny just laid by my side," Murray said. "He knew something was bad."
The exuberance of a year-old English setter pup, a wayward paw, a loaded 12-gauge shotgun on the ground.
It was an ugly turn to a pheasant season that started well with seven birds in the first hour for Murray's hunting party in western South Dakota.
Murray, 42, of Brooklyn Park was lining up a photo of the birds and the dogs when Sonny cavorted out of the scene.
"He stepped on the gun and it went off," Murray said. "At first I didn't know what happened. I got that blinding flash of pain and I sat down. Blood was pumping out of my ankle."
His brother-in-law, Chuck Knutson of Woodbury, quickly cut a cord and 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.
"My dad's 75," Murray said, "He was white as a ghost."
The three men then climbed into their truck and drove to a relative's house. A half-hour later, an ambulance arrived to take Murray to a nearby hospital.
Some skilled medical care, 15 stitches and a night in the hospital put Murray on course for a complete recovery. He spoke Thursday from his home in Brooklyn Park of the events on opening day of pheasant season last Saturday.
"It was the most bizarre thing that has ever happened to me," Murray said. "I've been hunting for 30 years, and we have never had a misfire."
As the men prepared to take a photo of the seven birds, two of the shotguns were propped against the truck but one was left on the ground.
Sonny didn't know the gun was loaded.
Now it isn't. Murray returned to hunting the next day, and his party made sure to take the shells out of the chamber when they weren't holding the guns.
"We're more conscious around the guns and the dogs," Murray said. "Now everybody takes a closer look."
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.
The day after the shooting, he and friends walked into a restaurant in the nearby town of Lemmon, S.D., population about 1,600.
"Everybody in town knew about it. As soon as I walked into the restaurant, they said, 'You're the one.' "
It wasn't a misfire jackass, it was stupidity.