Las Cruces dog who accidentally shot owner has died

Las Cruces News
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The New Mexico dog who accidentally shot his owner while hunting has died. 

Sonny Gilligan, 78, was hunting for jackrabbits west of Las Cruces back in October when he was shot by his 120-pound dog, Charlie.

Family members say the man was sitting in the truck with his rifle in the backseat when Charlie’s paw got caught in the trigger. 

The bullet went through the seat and Gilligan was shot in the back. Fortunately, he was not seriously injured. 

Despite the incident, Gilligan’s son told KRQE News 13 his dad forgave the dog. 

“He spoils his dogs, you know. He calls him his boys. He’s very fond of his animals,” said Mark Gilligan.

Recently, Gilligan says Charlie escaped his property and apparently was shot by a rancher. Charlie later died.

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