Dogs may be man’s best friend but that doesn’t mean they won’t shoot a guy in the back. At least, the was the case for one man who was shot in the back by his dog, Charlie, after an accidental discharge.

That’s what Sonny “Tex” Gilligan said days after Charlie — his 120-pound Rottweiler mix — accidentally shot him.

Gilligan, 74, a Doña Ana County resident, told the Sun-News that Charlie and his two other dogs — Scooter and Cowboy — went with him to hunt for jackrabbits in the desert west of Las Cruces on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Gilligan was in the driver’s seat of his parked pickup truck, along with the dogs, when he was shot.

“Charlie got his foot in the trigger of the gun and I leaned forward and he slipped off the seat and caught the trigger — and it shot,” Gilligan said. “It was a freak accident but it’s true, that’s what happened.”

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