FL: Man and dog shot by hunter
Man and dog shot by hunter at Guana River Wildlife Management
January 8, 2011
A Jacksonville man is recovering at Shands Hospital and his dog is dead
after both were shot by a hunter at the Guana River Wildlife Management area
in St. Johns County Saturday morning, according to a Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission report.
Stephen Rodgers, 52, was hunting in one of the waterfowl impoundments
with his mixed breed dog Saturday morning around 7:30 a.m. when they were
both struck by a shot from another hunter, the report said.
Rodgers was airlifted to the hospital and treated for gunshot wounds to
his right knee, the report said. His dog was taken to the St. Johns Animal
Clinic but did not survive the shooting. They were struck by a steel shot
bullet from a 12-guage shotgun, the report said.
The shooter, Thang Lian, 19, from Jacksonville, told investigators he was
hunting deer and shot at Rodger’s dog because he thought it was a deer. Lian
was not wearing hunter orange clothing and had not taken the required hunter
safety class, the report said.
It is also small game season at the Guana River WMA and not legal to
shoot deer, the report said.
Charges are pending at this time.
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