The 61-year-old man, whose identity was not provided by the authorities, ended up in the hospital when the excited dog knocked the firearm to the ground, jumped on the trigger and discharged one of its cartridges.
The man was fetching the woodcock he’d just shot down Monday when the dog accidentally shot him, Ouest-France reports.
The Local reports that lead pellets struck the hunter in his hand and forearm and had to be rushed to hospital in the south west of the country after other hunters near the small Pyrénées-Atlantiques hamlet of Mesplède, called emergency services.
Doctors at the hospital expect him to make a full recovery.
“The hunter had set his rifle against a tree and went to collect a woodcock he had just shot”, the hamlet’s mayor Regis Cassaroume was quoted as telling AFP about the accident.
This is not the first time a dog would be involved in a shooting incident as just last October, a 25-year-old lady, whose name was given as Allie Carter was shot in the foot by her dog while hunting in Indiana.
The Washington Post estimates that since 2004, at least 10 people in the U.S. have been shot by their dogs with only one fatality recorded in 2008, when Texas hunter, Perry Alvin Price III, died after taking a shotgun blast to his leg.