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Concerned Army Vet Smashes Window To Help Distressed Dog Inside Hot Car and Is Arrested

May 13, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Concerned Army Vet Smashes Window To Help Distressed Dog Inside Hot Car and Is Arrested

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A heroic Georgia Army vet, who smashed a car window to help save a dog locked inside a hot car, was awarded by getting arrested.

Desert Storm veteran Michael Hammons jumped into action after overheard a group of shoppers saying a dog was suffering inside a hot car with no windows left open for ventilation. “I heard someone say there was a dog in distress in a hot car,” he said.

Diane Byard says she and other shoppers noticed the dog in the car and were waiting for the police before Hammons showed up.

“He says we can’t let this dog die, and he starts smashing the windows,” said Byard. Hammons freed the dog after he took the leg off of his wife’s wheelchair and smashed the window.

“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.

However, not everyone was happy with the actions of Hammons. According to witnesses, the female owner of the Mustang, exited the store furiously demanding Officers arrest the Army vet.

A local TV reporter asked the arresting officers, “If the owner was okay with that, and didn’t want any charges, would he have been arrested?” “No,” responded Oconee County Chief Deputy Lee Weems.

“We would not have made those charges on our own,” Weems said.

The deputies said the woman, who is the owner of the car and the dog, insisted on pressing charges for criminal trespassing.”

The woman claimed that she had only been shopping in the store for five minutes. However, Hammons disputed the woman’s claim saying, “It wasn’t just five minutes like the lady stated, it was a lot longer. I could feel the heat in the car; I saw the dog panting and in distress.”

The woman has since refused to comment on the incident.

“If it is 80 degrees outside, within 30 minutes, it will be 114 degrees inside a vehicle, even with the windows cracked,” Weems said.

Police gave the owner a citation for leaving the dog in the hot car. However, deputies cannot determine the amount of time she left the dog in the car without surveillance video.

Under Georgia law, a person is authorized to break a car window in order to save a child in a hot or cold car, but the law does not apply to pets. Animal Rights advocates say they are working to change the provision in the law.

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