Odd Side – November 6, 2018

New Mexico Man: My Dog Charlie Accidentally Shot Me

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – A New Mexico man is recovering after he says his dog Charlie shot him.

Yes, he said his 120-pound Rottweiler shot him in the back.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Sonny “Tex” Gilligan told police Charlie accidentally pulled the trigger during a hunt for jackrabbits in the desert west of Las Cruces.

According to the 74-year-old Gilligan, Charlie got his foot in the trigger of the gun while in the back seat of Gilligan’s parked truck, slipped off and pulled the trigger.

The bullet went through the driver’s seat and struck Gilligan’s back, breaking a few ribs and shattering his collarbone.

Gilligan was transported to University Medical Center in El Paso where he underwent several surgeries and is expected to recover.

Gilligan says Charlie is still “a good dog.”

Passenger Says Bus Driver Lost for Hours During Trip to NYC

CLEVELAND (AP) – A passenger says a Greyhound bus driver on a trip to New York City got lost in Cleveland and drove in circles for several hours before returning to the city’s terminal.

WOIO reports Arin Choo says he and other passengers began asking the driver questions Tuesday night when they noticed the same sights over and over again. Choo says the driver eventually conceded he was lost and returned to the Cleveland bus terminal where he dropped off two passengers he claimed were disruptive.

Choo says the passengers were just trying to be helpful and wondered why the driver didn’t have GPS.

The bus arrived in New York City around noon Wednesday, 4 ½ hours late.

A Greyhound spokeswoman told The Associated Press the company is looking into the matter.

Purrfect Job; Russian Town Hires Cat Chief to Attend to Strays

MOSCOW (Reuters) – It was an unusual job advertisement. Wanted: Cat chief. Location: Zelenogradsk, Russia: Duties: Tending to the town’s approximately 70 stray cats.

Some 80 applicants applied for the new role with the municipality in the small town in the Kaliningrad region, which has also erected a cat statue and added a feline to its emblem in a bid to rebrand itself as Russia’s foremost cat-loving community.

In the end, local resident Svetlana Logunova was appointed guardian of the town’s felines. To help her with the task, she was given a bicycle and uniform.

She has been given a budget of 5,700 roubles ($85) a month to ensure all the seaside community’s cats are happy, dishing out food, strokes and free rides in the basket on her bike.

“I alone cannot care for every single one and a helping hand would go a long way,” Logunova said.

No Money Down the Drain for Philippine Sanitation Workers

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippines sanitation workers unblocking a drain discovered dozens of wallets had been clogging it up, some containing credit cards and IDs, but no money.

A man working near the scene shot video footage showing the workers in a village in Batangas city, south of the capital Manila, sorting through wallets and removing and laying out items including identity cards found in them.

Police officer Mario David, who went to investigate what he suspected were stolen items, said many of the wallets were pulled out from deep in the drain, meaning they had been there for a long time.

The items were turned over to police so they could identify and alert the owners who were likely victims of pickpockets, David said.