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Owner doesn't blame her dog for shooting

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A 78-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, woman says she doesn't blame her dog for an accidental shooting in which her pooch knocked over her loaded shotgun, causing it to fire. She was struck in the foot but did not seek medical attention until the next day. Authorities confirmed her dog was not to blame.

"He has the right to remain silent," said police spokeswoman Sharron Neal in a report by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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