Man Claims Pet Dog Shot Itself After Being Arrested for Animal Cruelty

An Ohio man has reportedly baffled police after telling officers that his dog had shot itself.

According to a report from WLTA, police in Norwalk received a call detailing the bizarre incident on Monday.

Norwalk Police Captain Jim Fulton said officers at the scene were told by 31-year-old Jonathan George that "his dog shot itself and he trained the dog to bring a gun to him."

George claimed that his 4-year-old boxer, Lulu, was carrying the gun in her mouth "when it went off accidentally."

Capt. Fulton told the news outlet that a subsequent breathalyzer test revealed George was "over twice the legal limit for driving," which would have impaired his ability to handle firearms.

The dog owner was arrested and, according to police, later admitted to accidentally shooting Lulu while trying to unload his gun.

George has since been charged with three misdemeanors—cruelty to animals, handling a firearm while intoxicated and discharging a weapon in a municipality.

Lulu, meanwhile, has undergone surgery to fix the damage done by the gunshot wound. More than $2,500 have been raised in donations to help pay for her care via the Huron County Humane Society.

In a series of Facebook posts, the animal adoption center confirmed that while the surgery went well, Lulu had lost one eye as a result of the shooting.

A picture posted online shows the canine with one side of its face badly swollen and with one eye missing

She is currently resting in a foster home following her ordeal.

However a long road lies ahead and more surgery could yet be required.

Daphne Nelson, a humane investigator for Huron County told WLTA that Lulu has several bullet fragments lodged in her head and that this could potentially require more surgery to remove them.

The Huron County Humane Society is hoping to raise more money through further donations. So far 60 people have contributed to the fund.

Despite the serious nature of the injuries sustained, the shooting cannot be charged under the changes implemented under Ohio House Bill 60, which gives prosecutors the power of bumping up animal cruelty charges involving household pets from misdemeanors to felonies.

In this instance, however, the bill does not apply because intent cannot be proven, Daphne Nelson told WLTA.

Accidental shootings involving domesticated dogs are rare in the U.S. but they do occur.

Back in June, a dog was shot in the head at an Idaho campsite after being mistaken for a wolf. Fortunately, in this instance, the dog went on to make a full recovery.

Newsweek has reached out to the Huron County Humane Society for an update on Lulu.

A boxer dog.
Stock photo of a boxer dog. A boxer lost one eye after her owner reportedly shot her in the jaw. hjalmeida/Getty