Charges against Army Veteran Michael Hammons, 46, who was arrested last week after saving a yorkie from a hot car, have been dropped. After reviewing the details, Ken Mauldin the district attorney assigned to the case, agreed the veteran wasn’t guilty and dropped all charges. According to Mauldin the owner of the dog also agreed with the decision despite being the one who pressed charges in the first place- Hammons was arrested for criminal trespass after smashing her car window last week.
This week many different individuals become involved in the case as rallies behind Hammons. Ford offered the woman a free window replacement and on Wednesday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said Hammons was to receive a ‘Compassionate Action Award.’ PETA representatives noted that Hammons acted appropriately, considering temperatures in a parked car can easily jump from 100-120 degrees, even if it is cooler outside like 78-degrees when the incident took place.
This story has received nation-wide attention and is now shedding light on the lack of laws protecting Animals in the Georgia State. According to the current law, a window can only be smashed to rescue a person, not an animal.
1. USA Today