Man Rescues Dog From Hot Car, Gets Arrested

A man was arrested after he broke the windows of a car in order to save a Yorkie from the heat.

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A veteran was arrested after he smashed a car's windows to save a dog in distress. Via WXIA-TV Atlanta
A veteran was arrested after he smashed a car's windows to save a dog in distress. Via WXIA-TV Atlanta

Now that summer is rapidly approaching, many dog owners are being warned not to leave their pets in hot cars.

While some people would call the police if they suspected a dog in a car was in danger, one man took it upon himself to save a little Yorkshire Terrier who had been left inside a Mustang in an Athens, Georgia, parking lot.

Michael Hammons, a Desert Storm veteran, sprang into action Saturday after he overheard someone say there was a dog in distress in a hot car, The New York Daily News reports.

A group of shoppers had spotted the dog in the car and were waiting for the police to arrive when Hammons used his wife’s wheelchair leg rest to smash the car window and free the little Yorkie.

“I’ve got PTSD, and I’ve seen enough death and destruction,” Hammons told WXIA-TV Atlanta. “And I didn’t want anything else to happen if I could prevent it.”

When the car’s owner came out of the store, she insisted Hammons be charged with criminal trespassing, witnesses told WXIA.

The pup’s owner claims she was only gone for five minutes but Hammons says it was a lot longer. He told the Atlanta TV station that he personally felt the heat in the car and saw the dog panting, too.

Desert Storm veteran Michael Hammons smashed the windows of a Mustang to free the Yorkie. Via 11 Alive/NBC News

Desert Storm veteran Michael Hammons smashed the windows of a Mustang to free the Yorkie. Via WXIA Atlanta

It was 87 degrees Fahrenheit in Athens on Saturday, according to weather reports. Oconee County Chief Deputy Lee Weems points out that even with the windows cracked, an 80-degree Fahrenheit day can feel like 114 degrees Fahrenheit inside a vehicle.

Hammons was arrested while the owner was cited for leaving the dog inside the vehicle, although deputies said without surveillance, it’s impossible to tell how long the dog was really inside the car.

Georgia state law allows someone to break a window in order to save a child, but not a pet, according to WXIA.

Update: The charges have been dropped. Read the story here.

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  • I cannot believe the owner had him arrested after he saved HER dogs life! What should have happened is the dog should immediately be taken away from her and she should be charged with 1st degree animal abuse and have to serve maximum time. People like this woman disgust me and should NEVER be allowed to have the privilege of owning a pet again….NEVER!

    Barbara May 12, 2015 6:54 pm Reply
    • I TOTALLY agree with you, Barbara! Some people should NEVER be allowed to own pets ever again once they demonstrate horribly neglectful (and ungrateful) behavior like that! That selfish, callous bimbo ought to be punished with a big tattoo on her forehead that says in big black block letters, “Do NOT allow this woman to adopt EVER!! NEGLECTFUL OWNER!!”

      Karen May 17, 2015 1:38 am Reply
  • I copy what another person said. Plus this law must be changed to allow car windows to be broken to also save pets along w/ children.
    “I cannot believe the owner had him arrested after he saved HER dogs life! What should have happened is the dog should immediately be taken away from her and she should be charged with 1st degree animal abuse and have to serve maximum time. People like this woman disgust me and should NEVER be allowed to have the privilege of owning a pet again….NEVER!”

    Leila Livingston May 13, 2015 8:11 am Reply
    • And of course I agree with you too, Leila! We need to have more laws in place protecting animals/pets as living creatures and not just as disposable accessories!

      Karen May 17, 2015 1:40 am Reply

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