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Good news! Georgia authorities have dropped charges against a Desert Storm veteran that broke into a car to save a dog.
You’ll remember the story last week about Michael Hammons, an Army veteran and animal lover that was arrested after he smashed a car window to rescue a distressed dog locked in a hot car in a parking lot.
Supporters from around the world rallied in support of Hammons, with outrage that he was arrested for saving a life, and with anger toward the dog’s owner that insisted Athens, Georgia police charge him with a crime rather than commend him for saving her tiny Pomeranian-mix from dying inside the hot car.
Although current Georgia law allows citizens to break into a vehicle to save a person in distress, the law doesn’t give the same rights to those attempting to save a dog.
“The laws need to be changed to protect the animals, not necessarily the people,” Mark Martin, a pet store owner who rallied around Hammons’ cause, told WXIA News. “We are the voices for the animals; they can’t speak for themselves.”
Because of public outcry and media attention around the incident, supporters stepped up to help. Many offered to help pay Hammons’ legal fees, petitions were signed, letters and calls were made to the Superior Court of Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties.
A local Ford dealership offered to replace the smashed car window for free.
District Attorney, Ken Mauldin made the easy decision to drop all charges.