Please Drop Charges Against Veteran for Saving Dog

Michael Hammons saved an apparently distressed dog from a hot car but was arrested for trespassing.

"I heard someone say there was a dog in distress in a hot car," he said, according to WXIA-TV.

Without thinking, the Desert Storm veteran jumped into action. Diane Byard, a witness, was quoted saying that she and a group of shoppers had noticed the dog in the car and were waiting on police before Hammons came.

"He says we can't let this dog die, and he starts smashing the windows. And with his wife's wheelchair leg, he smashed the window, freeing the dog."

Mr Hammons reportedly suffers from PTSD and did not want the dog to suffer "if he could do something about it".

According to the article, witnesses stated that when the owner came out of the store, she was furious, and demanded deputies take action.

Georgia state law does allow an individual to break a window to save a child in a hot or cold car, but not a pet. That is something that animal advocates say they are working to change, the article states.

Animal lives matter and people who help save them should be celebrated, not arrested! Sign my petition urging Oconee County to drop all charges against Mr. Hammons!


Please drop all charges against Michael Hammons for saving a dog from a hot car.


Michael Hammons saved an apparently distressed dog from a hot car but was arrested for trespassing, according to WXIA-TV.


The Desert Storm veteran smashed the window, freeing the dog.

Mr Hammons reportedly suffers from PTSD and did not want the dog to suffer "if he could do something about it".

According to the article, witnesses stated that when the owner came out of the store, she was furious, and demanded deputies take action.

Georgia state law does allow an individual to break a window to save a child in a hot or cold car, but not a pet.


We feel that a saving an animal's life is also a valid reason for breaking a car window, and request that all charges be dropped against Mr Hammons.

Update #24 years ago
Thanks so much for your support! The Sheriff's Office responded that dropping the charges are not within their legal authority. I have contacted the District Attorney's Office.
I urge you to write your authorities in support of legislation to protect people breaking car windows to rescue animals. Leaving an animal in a car for just 6 minutes risks injury http://justsixminutes.com.au/
Read how some clever officers brought the point home :) http://tinyurl.com/lhma6r7
Thanks for caring!
Update #14 years ago
Hi everyone,

Firstly I'd like to thank everyone for signing. I am so pleased that so many people support Mr Hammons for doing the right thing and saving an animal's life.

I have contacted Ms La'Tasha Givens, the reporter who initially broke the story, and am also writing to the Sheriff's Office to let them know about the petition.

Thanks again for your support!

Take care,

Colleen
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