“Poor Charlie, he’s a good dog,” said 74-year-old Sonny “Tex” Gilligan after bailing his hunting dog out of “doggy jail.”
Good might be debatable, Charlie shot Tex in the back.
According to the LC Sun News, Gilligan was on his way to hunt some rabbits when his hunting dog Charlie accidentally shot him in the back with a shotgun, nearly killing him.
“I was very fortunate I could get to my phone,” Gilligan said. “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.”
However, Gilligan isn’t mad at Charlie at all after the incident left him with three broken ribs, a punctured lung and a broken scapula.
Gilligan said Charlie, Scooter and Cowboy were sent to “jail” — the Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley — following the shooting. “It was an accident, although they tease me asking me if he did it on purpose,” Gilligan said. “Truth is, (Charlie’s) a big, loving dog and would never hurt anybody on purpose.”
Well shit, one minute you’re on your way to hunt some rabbits with your rowdy best friends in the back seat and the next thing you know, you’re taking a slug to the back from said best friend. Goes to show you, these day… you can’t trust anybody. Especially, dogs named Charlie with an itchy trigger paw.