A New Zealand man has good reason to question whether his dog is truly his best friend after his family pet shot him in the backside in a potentially fatal accident.
The 40-year-old man was sitting in the backseat of his car when the dog stepped on the trigger of a loaded .22 rifle and shot him, police told the Northern Advocate newspaper on Wednesday.
The wounded man was with a group of friends who had just finished killing and butchering a domestic pig and he thought the rifle had been unloaded.
He was rushed by helicopter to a nearby hospital in the far northern town of Dargaville, where doctors said he underwent surgery to remove a bullet from his left buttock.
Dargaville police constable Ian Anderson said the man was lucky not to have been more seriously injured. — AFP