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Pup shoots man, saves litter mates

Posted: Sunday, September 19, 2004

 

  Bruce Rova director of the Escambia County Animal Regulation and Control in Pensacola, Fla. holds the puppy that the animal shelter is calling Trigger, Friday, Sept. 10, 2004. The dog along with the other puppies was involved in an incident where owner Jerry Allen Bradford, 37, was about to shoot them when Trigger alledgdly hit the gun trigger and shot the owner in the wrist. Allen face charges of animal crelty for shooting several other puppies. GARY MCCRACKEN

Bruce Rova director of the Escambia County Animal Regulation and Control in Pensacola, Fla. holds the puppy that the animal shelter is calling Trigger, Friday, Sept. 10, 2004. The dog along with the other puppies was involved in an incident where owner Jerry Allen Bradford, 37, was about to shoot them when Trigger alledgdly hit the gun trigger and shot the owner in the wrist. Allen face charges of animal crelty for shooting several other puppies.

GARY MCCRACKEN

PENSACOLA, Florida (AP) Nice shootin', Rex!

A man who tried to shoot seven puppies was shot himself when one of the dogs put its paw on the revolver's trigger.

Jerry Allen Bradford, 37, was charged with felony animal cruelty, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said. He was being treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to his wrist.

Bradford said he decided to shoot the 3-month-old shepherd-mix dogs in the head because he couldn't find them a home, according to the sheriff's office.

On Monday, Bradford was holding two puppies one in his arms and another in his left hand when the dog in his hand wiggled and put its paw on the trigger of the .38-caliber revolver. The gun then discharged, the sheriff's report said.

Deputies found three of the puppies in a shallow grave outside Bradford's home, said sheriff's Sgt. Ted Roy.

The other four appeared to be in good health and were taken by Escambia County Animal Control, which planned to make them available for adoption.



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