Remme taken to D.M. after dog triggers handgun

FD man was ‘horsing around’ with Balew

-Submitted photo
Richard Remme gets a little snuggle from Balew, in this undated photo provided by Richard prior to the shooting incident. Richard said he was playing around with the dog Wednesday when Balew bumped the gun he was carrying and accidentally shot him in the leg.

A man accidentally shot when “horsing around” with his dog is now being treated at a Des Moines hospital for internal bleeding in his leg caused by the gunshot wound.

Richard Remme, of Fort Dodge, was taken from UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center to Iowa Methodist Medical Center Thursday afternoon.

Remme said the doctors hope to cauterize a vein within his leg.

“The bullet is still in my leg,” Remme said.

Remme was playing with the pit/lab mix named Balew Wednesday morning when he said the dog somehow managed to get the safety off the Ruger 9 mm he was carrying in a belly band.

The next time the dog jumped up, one of his paws managed to hit both the thumb safety and the trigger and set the gun off.

Although he sometimes calls Balew his dog, the pup actually belongs to Remme’s son, Dakota Remme.

Richard Remme was initially released from the hospital Wednesday after it appeared the wound was superficial, but went back in again overnight.

Remme previously described Balew as a “big wuss,” and said he’d laid down and cried after the gun went off.

“He thought he was in trouble for doing something wrong.”

A gofundme.com page has been set up to help Remme pay medical bills and other expenses. It is entitled: “Shot By Mans Best Friends.”


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