http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_743452.html?menu=A man who tried to beat his dog to death with a shotgun has shot himself dead instead.
Police say the Winchester, Virginia, man called his wife at work and told her their dog had bitten him and he intended to kill it.
Investigators say the shotgun must have gone off while the man was using it to beat the dog.
The stock of the weapon was broken and there appeared to be blood and dog hair on it.
The man died later at Winchester Medical Centre.
An animal control officer has taken custody of the dog, but it's not known how badly injured it is.