We often hear about dogs getting shot, but we can honestly say that it’s quite uncommon, in fact, we never heard this before, dog shoots man…
The man, called Sonny “Tex” Gilligan was out hunting, he is a spritely 74-years old, and his dog is called Charlie, and the hunting trip was quite the shock with this bizarre accident!
Charlie is a 120 pound Rottweiler mix breed of dog, we wonder if he is the first ever dog to accidentally shoot someone?
Tex, a Doña Ana County resident, told the news that He had three dogs, Charlie, Scooter, and Cowboy, then all went with him on the hunting trip for jackrabbits in the desert, just westerly of Las Cruces.
It all happened as Tex was in his pickup Truck, he as in the driver’s seat, parked, with his dogs, this is the moment when he was shot.
“Charlie got his foot in the trigger of the gun and I leaned forward and he slipped off the seat and caught the trigger, and it shot …It was a freak accident but it’s true, that’s what happened.”
The shotgun was in the rear seat of the pickup, with Charlie, it fired through Tex’s Front driver’s seat and through his back, it broke some of his ribs and his collarbone, ell it was just shattered!
All in all, he had some pretty severe injuries from the accident, poor Tex, and also poor Charlie, he must also have really scared himself!
“I was very fortunate I could get to my phone …The DASO (Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office) first-responders saved my life. If they waited 10 more minutes I would’ve died.”
“I lost so much blood. I know I actually passed to the other side just before getting to the hospital but they were able to revive me through CPR and bring me back.”
“I have so much appreciation to the doctors and first-responders who saved my life.”
Tex called 911 and told the dispatchers that he was at the railroad tracks near the intersection, he described to them exactly where he was…
The local Border Patrol agents with New Mexico State Police and Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene to find him there, next to his truck and with a gunshot wound to the chest, they took him by helicopter to El Paso to the local University Medical Center.
He had surgeries, plural, and he is on a pretty critical condition, but he should recover, thankfully, he will now also be transferred to a Las Cruces rehabilitation center.
“Poor Charlie, he’s a good dog…The sheriff’s department said the only one they had trouble with was Cowboy. The other two were friendly. Charlie is the boss, but he’s gentle.”
Tex made a joke about his son, who was able to “bond out” the dogs, so still, after it all, he is lighthearted about the whole thing.
“It was an accident, although they tease me asking me if he did it on purpose ..Truth is, (Charlie’s) a big, loving dog and would never hurt anybody on purpose.”
Mark Gilligan, Tex’s son said that he was not at all surprised to hear one of the dogs shot his dad…
“They’re kind of rowdy. They’re pretty rambunctious and full of energy …That’s why the owners gave them up. My dad has four acres of land so they can run free. So, it didn’t surprise me at all. When they see a cow or other animal they want to jump in the front.”
Tex said though that he really loves all his dogs, having rescued them all as puppies when they were only little.
“They’re all rescue dogs. Charlie was advertised as a free puppy in El Paso …I got one of them at a flea market for $20 and adopted one.”
What a wonderful and unfortunate event, we are just very glad he was on in the end after this very unfortunate accident.