In a strange twist of fate, a puppy was shot in the leg when a stray bullet struck its muzzle.
A gun shop owner said the bullet hit the puppy’s muzzle.
And a state lawmaker wants to require gun dealers to alert the owners of firearms where they can be found and to make them provide them with a list of the people who have guns.
A puppy in a yard near a home for people with mental health problems was shot Thursday, and it is now being evaluated at a hospital, according to the sheriff’s office in the small town of Elberton, Ore.
A woman, who identified herself as the owner, said the puppy was about 8 weeks old and had just gotten the puppy license, which requires that a puppy must be at least 6 months old.
The owner, who lives alone, said she has seen the puppy in the yard for about a week.
“She is very calm and playful, and she is very loving,” the woman said.
The sheriff’s department was called to the scene after receiving a call about a stray gunshot.
The puppy had been shot in both legs, but the owner did not know if it was an accident or if it had been the puppy accidentally shot, sheriff’s Lt.
Paul Schulz said.
There is no medical indication that the puppy has any other injuries, he said.
Schulz could not confirm whether the owner knew that she had the puppy or if the owner had previously purchased the puppy.
“It is a very rare circumstance, and unfortunately this was one of those situations,” he said of the shooting.
Schulss said he did not want to speculate as to the puppy owner’s motivations for shooting the puppy, which was about 6 feet long and weighed about 1 pound.
“The owner had no idea that she was bringing a puppy to the house,” he told the Oregonian newspaper.
The dog is expected to recover and go to a veterinarian, the sheriff said.
“This was a very strange situation,” he added.
“There is no criminal intent here, no other evidence of criminal intent.”