Michael Hammons used the leg of his wife's wheelchair to free a dog from a hot car in Athens, Ga. Hammons was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing for breaking the car's window. (Photo: WXIA-TV, Atlanta)

Michael Hammons used the leg of his wife’s wheelchair to free a dog from a hot car in Athens, Ga. Hammons was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing for breaking the car’s window.
(Photo: WXIA-TV, Atlanta)

Georgia man saves dog

No good deeds go unpunished.

Accordign to media reports Tusday, a Georgia man who saved a dog from a hot Mustang has been arrested for smashing a car window to free the animal.

USA Today reports that Michael Hammons of Athens was charged with criminal trespassing after freeing a small Pomeranian mix in distress from a hot car outside a store. Witnesses say that while a group of shoppers waited for police to arrive to free the dog, the Army veteran smashed the window.

“I heard someone say there was a dog in distress in a hot car,” said Michael Hammons, a Desert Storm veteran.

“He says we can’t let this dog die, and he starts smashing the windows.”

Hammons used his wife’s wheelchair leg to smash the window, freeing the dog.

“I’ve got PTSD, and I’ve seen enough death and destruction,” Hammons said. “And I didn’t want anything else to happen if I could prevent it.”

Deputies say the car’s owner insisted Hammons be arrested. Deputies did not identify the woman. She was cited for leaving the dog in the hot car.

“We would not have made those charges on our own,” said Oconee County Chief Deputy Lee Weems. “The deputies on scene say the owner of the car and of the dog was very insistent that he be charged with criminal trespassing.”

The dog’s owner told police they were away from the car for only five minutes.

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

The dog’s owner could not be reached for comment Monday.

The Yorkshire terrier was panting and left without water, witnesses said.

The Yorkshire terrier was panting and left without water, witnesses said.

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

Georgia state law allows an individual to break a window to save a child in distress but not a pet. Animal advocates say they are working to change the law.