Charges Dropped in Hot Car Dog Rescue

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ATHENS, GA – Charges against the man who was arrested for breaking a window to save the life of a dog left in a hot car have been dropped.

Michael Hammons, a 46-year-old veteran who saw action in Iraq, broke the window of a car in a shopping center in Athens, Georgia when he saw a dog trapped inside. It was 80 degrees that day, and Hammons used a piece of his wife’s wheelchair to break the car window.

The dog’s owner was not grateful for Hammons’ intervention, insisting that he be arrested for criminal trespassing. The incident brought to light a disturbing bit of Georgia law — that it’s legal for someone to break a car window to save a person trapped inside, but not an animal.

CNN affiliate WXIA reports that a local dealership offered to fix the broken window for free.

WXIA also reports Ken Mauldin, district attorney for the Superior County of Athens-Clarks and Oconee counties, said the car’s owner agreed to his decision to drop the charges against Hammons.

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