Dog Shoots Owner in the Back in Memphis, Tennessee – was it something his owner said?

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

 If this hadn’t been an accident and the dog’s owner in critical condition, with  Michael Vick’s case regarding “dog fighting” this could have been a story about a dog taking a stand and having a say just what he thinks about the case. 

Unfortunately it was an accident and his own is in critical condition.  Now the owner’s finace is afraid for the dog once his owner gets out of the hospital.   A Memphis, Tenn., man is in critical condition Wednesday after his dog shot him in the back.

Police say King George, a 150-pound Great Dane, accidentally knocked a .22-caliber pistol off his owner’s end table around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. The gun went off, hitting his 21-year-old owner in the back, MyFOXMemphis.com reports.

Click here to watch the MyFOXMemphis.com report.

“I knew he was smart, I didn’t think he was that smart,” the victim’s fiancee, Miesha Lucas told MyFOXMemphis.com. “He was always protective. I didn’t think he would be like that.”

Police refused to name the victim as they do not plan to file charges in the shooting, which they’ve ruled as accidental.

Lucas told MyFOXMemphis.com that she fears what her fiance will do to the pet once he gets out of the hospital.

The shooting occurred in the Raleigh section of Memphis.

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Man leaves $2M Estate – Family fights over custory of 13 yr old, um, dog!(glad the dog has an attorney)

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: May 8, 2007
Filed at 12:37 a.m. ET

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A man who didn’t have a will left a $2 million estate, but the most hotly contested item in court has been his golden retriever, Alex.

The four-way dispute over the 13-year-old pet was so intense, an attorney was appointed to represent the dog’s interest. On Monday, the judge decided the man’s divorced parents should split custody, The Commercial Appeal reported.

”At first glance, the petition seems almost frivolous, but after speaking with all parties, it is evident that this is a highly emotional issue for all involved,” said Alex’s attorney, Paul Royal, in his report to the probate court.

Ron Callan Jr., 35, committed suicide on New Year’s Day. He had been a partner with his father in Callan Salvage & Appraisal Co., and the father was named the estate’s administrator.

In the consent order the judge approved, the elder Callan and his ex-wife, Esther Snow Gnall, will trade custody of Alex every two weeks. Both parents also agreed to take the dog to the veterinarian for arthritis treatments and any other needed procedures.

Before the agreement was reached, the elder Callan had custody and took Alex to work during the day. The father has cats at home, though, so at night, the dog stayed with Callan Jr.’s former girlfriend, who had known Alex since he was a puppy.

The son’s fiancee also was interested in Alex, and Gnall had said if she won custody, she would allow the fiancee to spend time with the dog.

Royal, the dog’s attorney, said he believes all four people love Alex and would take good care of him, but they were using the fight for the dog to punish each other for past transgressions.

”This case is similar to a bitter custody battle involving children where each party loves the children, but the kids are stuck between two people who cannot coexist,” the attorney said in his report.

Information source: The New York Times