Pup Claims Self Defense

Puppy pulls Trigger on dog-killer
Daily News 9-10-04

THEY CALL HIM "Trigger."

A brave little puppy who knew he was next after watching his heartless owner shoot three of his six siblings in the head apparently decided e-ruff is e-ruff. The poky little pooch somehow managed to slip his paw on the trigger, blasting the would-be executioner in the wrist.

The tale of horror and vengeance unfolded Monday when, Florida authorities say, Jerry Allen Bradford, 37, of Pensacola decided to rid of his dog's litter of seven puppies with the help of his .38-caliber revolver. One by one, he began shooting the three-month-old German shepherd-mixed cuties.

Bradford would later tell Escambia County deputies that he was holding one puppy in his left hand and another in his right arm when the one in his left "began to wiggle, placing its paw on the trigger of the .38-caliber handgun, causing it to discharge into his left wrist," a sheriff's office statement read.

Trigger, his three surviving brothers, since named Winchester, Remington and Colt, and their mom were taken to an animal shelter.

"It's a very sad story," said shelter spokesman Bruce Rova. "These things don't have to happen. If you don't think you can handle a litter, take the animal to the vet to have it spayed or neutered."

Bradford faces felony animal cruelty charges, a third-degree offense, after he recovers from his wound. As for Trigger, he won't be facing any charges. "No paw prints were taken off the weapon," Rova said, "and he's a juvenile, anyways."