It wasn't clear whether the safety on the gun was on at the time. Potter says the man was hit from about 10 feet away with 27 pellets of birdshot. He says the man wasn't seriously injured, in part because he was wearing waders. The man was treated at a nearby hospital. _
Ouch. Given how things could have turned out, the guy's lucky to be alive. His misfortune is a good reminder to always unload your shotgun before setting it down around your dogs, or one errant paw could ruin your day.