A veterinarian in Arkansas has kept a dog from going out with a bang. This was after the animal ate 23 live rifle rounds.
Benno is a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois. He had surgery to remove the .308 caliber ammunition from his stomach. The story was reported by The Baxter Bulletin newspaper.
Owner Larry Brassfield said Benno has eaten socks, magnets and marbles. He didn't expect the animal would bother a bag of bullets. He had left it next to a bed. Brassfield and his wife realized Benno needed medical attention after the pet vomited up four rounds.
Veterinarian Sarah Sexton at All Creatures Animal Hospital in Mountain Home removed 17 rounds from Benno's stomach. She left two in his esophagus. The dog was allowed to discharge them on his own.
"This is something they certainly did not cover in school," Sexton said. "I've had dogs eat things before, mostly stuffed toys. Once I had one swallow a hearing aid. But I think this takes the cake."
Brassfield said he won't leave ammo lying around anymore. But he isn't optimistic that Benno will stick to dog food.
"You can baby-proof a house," Brassfield said. "But I don't think it's possible to Benno-proof a house. Lord knows, we've tried and failed."
Critical thinking challenge: Why wasn't this procedure covered in Sarah Sextons school?