Veteran Michael Hammons saw a distressed terrier locked in a hot car and freed it before animal control could arrive or the dog died, whichever came first.
Thanks for your service! (via The Daily News)
Before we even get into this story, here is a quote about locking your dog in a parked car from The Humane Society:
Never leave your pets in a parked car. Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die.
Even assuming they're exaggerating to makes things as black and white as the idiots of the world need in order to understand what consequences are, that's a pretty serious warning about what locking a dog in a hot car can do. Irreversible organ damage sounds like a pretty painful way to go and if you love dogs it's hard to stand by and watch as they pant in the heat.
This was the case with Michael Hammons, who was out with his wife when he came upon a crowd of people standing around a car with this little guy inside:
Hot dog. (via The Daily News)
The onlookers were waiting for the police to arrive, but Hammons took the footrest of his wife's wheelchair and smashed the damn window. Hurray! Oh, wait. No.
The unnamed car/dog's owner came out to the parking lot from where ever she was chilling in the Athens, GA strip mall and lost it. The police had finally arrived so she demanded they take in Hammons. She insisted she'd only been gone a few minutes, though witnesses said it was much longer. Officers had no choice but to arrest him.
Now Hammons is facing a $1,000 fine and up to a year in prison for trespassing.
He said about his interference:
"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."
While most of us might be pissed to come out and find our car window smashed in, weigh that against finding your dead dog.