Army Vet Who Smashed Window To Save Dog From Hot Car Won’t Face Charges

Emilio Cogliani

An Army veteran who was arrested after smashing a car window to remove a dog from the hot vehicle will not be prosecuted for his actions.

Michael Hammons of Athens, Georgia, was previously charged with criminal trespassing, but District Attorney Ken Mauldin told The Augusta Chronicle earlier this week that his office was dropping the charges. Mauldin added that the car’s owner, 22-year-old Elantra Cunningham, agreed with the decision.

Hammons had been arrested on May 9, after he used a leg from his wife’s wheelchair to break a window of a Ford Mustang parked near a shopping center. It was a hot day, and Hammons said he feared for the safety of the Pomeranian mix that had been left inside the vehicle. He then gave the dog some water in a nearby shaded area, witnesses at the scene said.

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