An arrest after a dog save is shocking people all over the nation today. According to the New York Daily News, Army veteran Michael Hammons was arrested after he broke a car window to rescue a Yorkshire Terrier who was inside with the windows rolled up on a hot day.
A group of people were waiting for police to arrive after calling in about a dog who was panting inside a locked car in the parking lot of a shopping center in Athens, Georgia. Hammons said that he couldn’t wait any longer, so he busted the window of the Mustang and picked up the pup.
“I’ve got PTSD, and I’ve seen enough death and destruction, and I didn’t want anything else to happen if I could prevent it,” Hammons said.
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The arrest came after the man saved the dog. The owner of the vehicle was furious that this man broke her window and claimed that she had only been gone for a few minutes. Although witnesses disagreed with her (and many called Hammons a hero), the woman demanded that Hammons be charged. He was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing. If he is convicted, he faces one year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.
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According to Fox News, the dog’s owner was also cited.
There are laws in the state for rescuing children from hot cars, but not animals.
“Georgia state law allows an individual to break a window to save a child in distress but not a pet. Animal advocates say they are working to change the law.”
Two weeks ago, the Inquisitr reported a story about a cop who made a woman sit in a hot car with the windows up to teach her a lesson about what it feels like for her pet. You can read about that here.
“To prove a point, the officer made the woman sit inside of the warm car with the windows up and without the engine on for a few minutes. The woman said she was fine but the officer noted she looked uncomfortable. The woman was advised if she did this again she would be cited.”
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