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A man in France has been shot by his dog

The dog has not been charged by police.

Image: Shutterstock/Glenkar

A HUNTER SUFFERED gunshot wounds after his dog accidentally fired his rifle near a small town in southwestern France’s Basque Country.

“The hunter had set his rifle against a tree and went to collect a woodcock he had just shot,” the mayor of Mesplede, Regis Cassaroume, told AFP.

Police said the dog apparently knocked the rifle over and managed to trigger the weapon by stepping on it.

The hunter, a 61-year-old pensioner, received treatment at a nearby hospital for wounds to a hand and forearm.

© – AFP 2015

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