Man Busts Car Window to Help Dog, Gets Arrested

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A man from Athens, Georgia saved a dog from overheating in a hot vehicle.  Most of the time, when people try to help out a dog locked in a car, they’re seen as heroes.  However this time, Michael Hammons isn’t facing a hero’s welcome, but is facing criminal charges for his efforts.

According to Hammons, he decided to bust out the car window because, “I heard someone say there was a dog in distress in a hot car.”

Hammons says he didn’t really think about it.  When the Desert Storm vet heard someone needed help, he jumped to action almost immediately.  Someone actually did call the police already, but Hammons was apparently not made aware of that.

An eyewitness was quoted as saying, “He says we can’t let this dog die, and he starts smashing windows.”

Hammons had grabbed one of the legs off of his wife’s wheelchair, and took it to the window of the vehicle.  He did manage to free the dog, but wasn’t exactly greeted warmly by arriving police officers, and the owner of the vehicle wasn’t thrilled about his actions, either.

When asked what was going through his mind, Hammons said, “I’ve got PTSD, and I’ve seen enough death and destruction.  I didn’t want anything else to happen if I could prevent it.”


When the owner of the vehicle was informed what had gone on, she was described as “furious.”  She demanded that officers take action, and Hammons was arrested.

When asked if Hammons would have been arrested for his actions had the vehicle owner not demanded he be charged, Oconee County Chief Deputy Lee Weems said he wouldn’t have been.

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“No,” said Chief Deputy Weems.  “We would not have made those charges on our own.  The deputies on scene say the owner of the dog and the car were very insistent that he be charged with criminal trespassing.”

When interviewed, the vehicle owner told police that she hadn’t been out of the car for a total of five minutes before Hammons took matters into his own hands.

“It wasn’t just five minutes like the lady stated, it was a lot longer,” Hammons said.  “I personally felt the heat in the car.  I saw the dog panting.  This dog was in distress.”

The vehicle owner did not comment to any news stations, nor was she reachable for comment.  She was cited by police for leaving the dog in the car.  It was roughly 80 degrees out that day, so inside that car it was over 100, even with windows left open ever so slightly. as they were claimed to be.

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

Weems also said that there isn’t any surveillance video of the vehicle owner arriving in the parking lot, nor anything showing exactly how long she was away from the vehicle before Hammons busted into it.  This could make any charges she may face a bit difficult to prove in court.

A person is allowed to break into a vehicle by smashing out the window to save a human life in Georgia.  However, there’s no such law protecting our furry family members the same way.  Animal activists in Georgia are fighting to get our pets covered under that same law, too.

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102 thoughts on “Man Busts Car Window to Help Dog, Gets Arrested”

  1. He is a hero! Shame on owner and they should drop charges immediately! If I lived in the area, I would do something to help the veteran!

  2. This is the CRAZIEST thing I have ever heard of. The IDIOT owner left the poor little dog in the HOT car which tells me that she didn’t really care about the dog and the man trying to save the pup gets arrested but the owner doesn’t?!! That makes NO sense!!! And I can tell you that if I see a dog locked up in a car when it’s HOT I will do whatever it takes to help get the animal out and if you want to arrest me, BRING IT IN!!! I’m sure the owner still has the dog and I am sure that she will again leave the poor pup in the car when it’s HOT…..

  3. they said that someone else had already called the police reporting the dog, so they could check when that call was made to determine if it was only 5 mins or longer. The woman should be thankful that someone cared enough about her dog to possibly have saved its life

  4. your dog does not want to go for a ride with you, leave them home where they are safe and cool. shame on that person for insisting he be arrrested, when are we ever going to learn to not leave dogs, kids in the car, wake up and you say you love your dog, then why take him or her in a hot car, shame, shame on you, just get a clue and leave home, i think you owe that man an apology, and you will never get charged, and you will do it again, because people like you sick and tired of hearing all this over and over, just sad and disgusted.

  5. The owner should have known better but in my view if the police would have arrived first w/no owner in sight they may have done the same thing. If that’s the case then he should be exonerated of all charges. Either way, I never did that with any of my dogs, besides you leave them in the car why not just leave them at home unless you’re not going into a store. Idiot selfish owners, that’s all they are.


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