Did You Know You Could be Arrested for Saving a Dog?
If you saw a dog in a hot car, what would you do?
If you would have rescued it, there’s a chance you could be arrested for your good deed!
That’s what happened to Michael Hammons, a Desert Storm veteran who spotted a Yorkshire terrier trapped in a hot car. The dog was panting and no water had been left for it. After calling law enforcement took too long to respond, Hammons took matters into his own hands.
“I’ve got PTSD, and I’ve seen enough death and destruction,” Hammons told 11Alive, noting his service in Desert Storm. “And I didn’t want anything else to happen if I could prevent it.”
Most dog owners would be happy if someone came by and saved their dog, but the owner of this particular Yorkshire terrier was less than pleased by Hammons’ selfless action. At her insistence, Hammons was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing. The woman was cited for leaving the dog in the hot car.
The Georgia Assembly recently passed a law that will go into effect on July 1st that grants immunity to those who trespass to rescue children or the elderly left in hot cars. Unfortunately, the law does not protect people who do the same to rescue animals. Animal advocates in the state are actively trying to change the law to include this awful oversight.
You can help pets stay safe this summer by taking the pledge to raise awareness and act when pets are at risk.