The Desert Storm vet was arrested for criminal trespassing. Oconee County Chief Deputy Lee Weems said they would not have brought charges against Hammons on their own.
In response to the action taken against him Hammons said, “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.”
The owner of the car said she was only in the store for five minutes. Witnesses claim it was a lot more than five minutes, but deputies said it was difficult to determine how long the dog was in the vehicle because there was no surveillance video.
Beginning in July, Georgia state law will allow individuals to break a window to save a child in a hot or cold car, but not a pet. Animal rights activists say they are working to change that.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced that the organization will be awarding Michael Hammons the Compassionate Action Award for his actions. The owner of the Mustang was cited for leaving the dog in the car.
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