Michael Hammons, a Desert Storm vet, heard someone say there was a dog in distress in a hot car. Hammons did not think twice before smashing the window to save the dog. He managed to do just that, but police officers who arrived on the scene, and the owner of the vehicle weren’t thrilled about his actions.
When asked about his actions, Hammons said, “I’ve got PTSD, and I’ve seen enough death and destruction. I didn’t want anything else to happen if I could prevent it.” However, the owner of the vehicle was furious and demanded Hammons be arrested.
The Deputy on the scene stated they would not have made the arrest if the owner of the dog and the car were very insistent that he be charged with criminal trespassing.”
When interviewed, the vehicle owner told police that she hadn’t been out of the car for a total of five minutes before Hammons took matters into his own hands.
“It wasn’t just five minutes like the lady stated, it was a lot longer,” Hammons said. “I personally felt the heat in the car. I saw the dog panting. This dog was in distress.”
The dog owner was cited by police for leaving the dog in the car. It was roughly 80 degrees out that day, so inside that car it was over 100.
A person is allowed to break into a vehicle by smashing out the window to save a human life in Georgia – but dogs are not similarly protected.