UPDATE III: Charges Dropped Against Man Who Saved Dog from Hot Car

Michael Hammons will not be facing prosecution for breaking a woman’s car window to help a dog.
Photo via 11alive.com

We’ve posted several times about the case of Michael Hammons, a Desert Storm veteran who broke a car window to free a dog trapped inside on a hot day. (See here, here, and here.) The woman who owns the car demanded that police arrest Hammons, and he has been living under threat of prosecution ever since.

After much public outcry, and Internet petition, and vows of help from many in his community, Hammond can now stop worrying about his case. According to Ken Mauldin, district attorney for the Superior Court of Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties, charges have been dropped. To her credit, the car’s owner agreed with the decision. Now it’s time for Georgia dog lovers to turn their attention to changing state law, which says that a window may be broken to save a child, but not to save a dog.

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