Russian dog shoots man – owner sentenced to probation

A Russian man was sentenced to one year and three months probation because his dog shot and killed a person, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday.

Igor Solomin, 44, was adjudged responsible for the October 2010 death of a friend, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of an SUV at the time of the accident.

The animal, which the report described as “excitable,” stepped on the trigger of a loaded shotgun belonging to Solomin, which was lying in the vehicle’s back seat, according to court testimony.

Solomin told a judge in Russia’s Saratov province, some 720 kilometres south of the capital, Moscow, that he considered himself guilty of manslaughter and regretted the incident.