Dog somehow shoots Iowa man in the leg in freak accident

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A man was shot by his dog in a freak accident in northern Iowa.

According to The Messenger, Richard Remme, a 51-year-old from the northern Iowa town of Fort Dodge (about 80 miles south of the Minnesota border), was playing with his dog on Wednesday when the dog accidentally pulled the trigger on his gun, firing a bullet into his leg. 

Seriously. This actually happened. Here's how. 

Remme told The Messenger that he carries a 9mm handgun in a belly band under his overalls. The pit-lab mix was jumping on him, during the course of which he managed to unlock the trigger safety AND the thumb safety before putting enough pressure on the trigger to fire the gun. 

Remme wasn't severely injured. 

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As for the dog, Remme called it a "big wuss" because it's afraid of the dark and water. 

Something similar happened in Minnesota in 2013 when a dog jumped into a boat, causing a shotgun to fire and hit a 19-year-old Cass County man in the leg. 

A 2015 story in the Washington Post noted that there were 10 reports of dogs shooting humans in the United States from 2004-2015.

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