Ark. vet operates on dog that ate 23 live rifle rounds

4-year-old Belgian Malinois, Benno, had surgery last week to remove the .308 caliber ammo from his stomach


Associated Press

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — An Arkansas veterinarian has kept a dog from going out with a bang after the animal ate 23 live rifle rounds.

The Baxter Bulletin reports that 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, Benno, had surgery last week to remove the .308 caliber ammunition from his stomach.

In this photo taken April 27, 2015, in Mountain Home, Ark., an x-ray reveals 17 live .380 caliber rifle rounds in the stomach of Benno.
In this photo taken April 27, 2015, in Mountain Home, Ark., an x-ray reveals 17 live .380 caliber rifle rounds in the stomach of Benno. (AP Image)

Owner Larry Brassfield says Benno has eaten socks, magnets and marbles but he didn't expect the animal would bother a bag of bullets by his bed. Brassfield and his wife realized Benno needed medical attention after the pet vomited up four rounds.

The vet removed 17 rounds from Benno's stomach but left two in his esophagus, which the dog was allowed to discharge on his own.

Brassfield says he won't leave ammo lying around anymore but isn't optimistic that Benno will stick to dog food.

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