Army Veteran Arrested after Saving Dog’s Life

After smashing a car window to rescue a dog from the heat, a veteran is arrested.

What would you do if you saw a dog in a hot car with no water and clearly under distress? You might call the police or try to locate the owner. For Desert Storm Army veteran Michael Hammons, the answer was simple: save the dog immediately. He did so by smashing the windows of the car with the foot rest of his wife’s wheelchair.


After smashing the windows to get the Pomeranian mix out, Hammons was approached in the Athens, Georgia shopping center parking lot by the dog’s owner, who was visibly angry.

“She said you broke my window, and I said I did. She says why would you do that? I said to save your dog,” Hammons told Fox 5.

The owner, who has not been named, insisted charges be pressed against Hammons. The Oconee County authorities, however, understood Hammons’ actions.

“We didn’t want to charge him, but he told us he broke the windows and when you have a victim there saying she wants him charged, we had no other choice,” Chief Deputy Lee Weems told Fox 5.

According to ABC News, Georgia state law does not allow an individual to break a window to save an animal in distress.

Hammons told Fox 5, “I knew there’d be consequences, but it didn’t matter. Glass, they make new glass every day, but they could never replace that dog.”

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Hammons was arrested and will likely have to pay for new windows. ABC News reports that the dog’s owner was cited for leaving her pet in the hot car.

Do you agree or disagree with the consequences Hammons’ faced? Let us know why or why not in the comments.

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