Authorities have dropped charges against a Desert Storm veteran who broke a car window to save a dog left alone inside the hot vehicle, WSB-TV Atlanta reports.
Michael Hammons, 46, was in a parking lot in Athens, Georgia, on May 9 when he came across a dog in a Ford Mustang. While a group of people was waiting for the police to arrive, Hammons used his wife’s wheelchair leg rest to smash a car window and free the little Yorkie who was inside.
Hammons was charged with criminal trespassing at the insistence of the car’s owner, 22-year-old Elantra Cunningham, who said she had been gone for 5 minutes.
Oconee County Chief Deputy Lee Weems told WSB-TV that police didn’t want to arrest Hammons, who was heralded as a hero by witnesses, but Cunningham pressed charges and “the deputy did what he had to do.”
Those charges were dropped on Monday. Cunningham, who was cited by animal control for leaving her pet in a hot vehicle, agreed with the decision to drop the charges, WSB-TV reports.
A local Ford dealer offered to replace the smashed car window for free.