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A drunk man called police and told the operator that his dog managed to shoot herself in the face.
Jonathan George, 31, from Ohio, was arrested soon after for shooting the four-year-old Boxer named Lula, officials said.
George spun a yarn to the stunned 911 operator, telling them that he had trained the dog to bring him his gun, and she misfired whilst doing this.
Miraculously, Lula survived being shot in the face but did lose an eye.
"(He) said his dog shot itself and he trained the dog to bring a gun to him,' Norwalk Police Captain Jim Fulton said.
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The dog had the gun in its mouth when it went off accidentally. The officers didn’t believe that story."
He said that George eventually admitted accidentally shooting the dog.
George was charged with three misdemeanors, including handling a firearm while intoxicated, cruelty to animals, and discharging a weapon in a municipality, according to Fox News 8.
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"His BAC was 1.7, so that’s a little over twice the legal limit for driving. Shouldn’t be drinking and handling firearms bottom line," Captain Fulton added.
"I’m not sure why somebody would be intoxicated and playing with a gun," Daphne Nelson, a humane investigator for Huron County, said.
Nelson revealed that bullet fragments still remain in Lula's head despite her emergency surgery, and she added that the dog will likely need additional procedures in the future.
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"She is definitely a fighter. She is definitely a well-socialized dog, she seems to love everybody. She loves attention and if you’re not petting her, she’s fussing," said Amanda Fearing, manager at the Huron County Humane Society.
The Huron County Humane Society oversaw Lula's medical care. They managed to raise over $2,000 (£1,447) for her surgeries, short of the procedure's total cost of $3,000 (£2,170), her foster parents at the animal shelter told Fox News 8.
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