Georgia man Michael Hammons was arrested after he broke into a car to save a dog from the heat.
“I heard someone say there was a dog in distress in a hot car,” Hammons told 11 Alive.
According to witness Diane Byard, she and a group of shoppers were waiting for police to arrive when Hammons, a Desert Storm veteran, jumped into action.
“He says we can’t let this dog die, and he starts smashing the windows,” Byard told the news station.
Hammons smashed the car window open with his wife’s wheelchair leg and freed the dog. Hammons explained to 11 Alive that he’d seen enough death and destruction in his life, and as a result suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. He added that he didn’t want anything else terrible to happen if he could prevent it.
Despite Hammons’ actions, the dog’s owner demanded that authorities take action against Hammons. Oconee County Chief Deputy Lee Weems noted that police wouldn’t have made the charges against Hammons on their own.
The owner was later cited for leaving her dog in the hot car.
According to animal advocates, Georgia law allows a passerby to break a car window in order to save a child from a hot or cold car. However, it does not allow the same thing for animals, which activists say they are hoping to change.
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