On Tuesday, we posted the story of Michael Hammons, a Georgia man who broke a car window to rescue a dog trapped inside a hot car. The owner of the car was furious when she discovered the scene, and she demanded that Hammons be arrested. Yesterday, an online petition launched to convince the woman to drop the charges and accept that Hammons acted out of concern for the dog. In an open letter to the woman, Lida Wolfe writes:
But hopefully, you know now that the man who smashed your car window to save your dog did just that. He saved your dog from dying a slow and agonizing death where she burns from the inside out, with her organs slowly shutting down one by one until her heart finally stops beating. It’s a horrible way to die. . . .And hopefully now that you’ve had time to step back and calm down, you’ll drop the charges against Michael Hammons, knowing that without him and what he did, you probably wouldn’t have your beloved dog sitting next to you today.
I like the tone with which Ms. Wolfe has written the letter, appealing to conscience, rather than berating the woman. Let’s hope that this does the trick.