February 24, 2017 (Fault Lines) — It’s often said a dog is “Man’s Best Friend.” The four-legged critters have a way of expressing their affinity for their masters that cats do not. One would think, however, that a dog’s friendship boundary ends the moment its master starts throwing around aggravated assault accusations.
Brian Murphy of Jacksonville told officers he’d let his dog, Diesel, out Tuesday night after the animal woke him up. According to Murphy’s account, the dog went in the room first on their return. Brian saw a flash, heard a bang, and his girlfriend, Summer Miracle, had a gunshot wound.
Murphy claimed that “Diesel jumped up on the nightstand, where (Murphy’s) gun was sitting, and it went off, shooting Summer in the right leg,” according to police.
Responsible people have to draw a line somewhere when it comes to blaming animals for their terrible behavior. It’s bad enough when the dog is the guilty party for your flatulence. Blaming the dog for shooting your girlfriend is far more egregious.
Of course, Summer Miracle is standing by her man and keeping quiet about her injury.
Miracle told authorities she was asleep when the bullet struck her and that she wasn’t sure how she was shot.
The girlfriend is fine, and Murphy isn’t facing any criminal charges, because this is Florida. There’s no mention of Diesel after blaming him for this act of aggravated assault. Will charges be filed against Diesel, or will the Jacksonville DA exercise prosecutorial discretion and let sleeping dogs lie?
Only time will tell. There’s always the tried and true canine defamation-per-se option under Florida law should Diesel decide to civilly sue his master. And it might be time for Diesel to think about getting an order of protection from Brian Murphy. If Brian is willing to blame a shooting on his canine companion, what’s keeping Diesel safe?
Diesel, if you’re reading this, you may want to contact an attorney experienced in animal rights to consult your options. Fault Lines has you covered.
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Sounds more like a Winter Miracle to me.
…I’ll show myself out.
One of my friends was out hog hunting one night with his Austrian Cattle dog in the jeep with him. They got out and when they got back in the dog stepped on the rifle wedged between the seats and fired it. The bullet went into the engine. Need I say that this was also in Florida.
Sure thing. Let me guess- his last trip to the ER was due to him slipping in the shower… directly onto a cucumber that was unaccountably in the shower with him, and somehow standing on end.