A US army veteran who was charged with criminal trespass after smashing a car’s window to save a dog inside, has had the charges against him dropped.

Georgia resident Michael Hammons was originally charged when he used part of his wife’s wheelchair to smash the passenger window of a Ford Mustang convertible after seeing a distressed Yorkshire Terrier in the cabin.

Arriving back at her car, the Mustang’s owner demanded that Hammons was arrested.

However, after an online petition was launched, the charges were dropped this week – a decision the dog’s owner eventually agreed with.

"She didn't realise at the time an arrest would be made," district attorney Ken Maudlin told the New York Daily News.

Despite initially facing up to a year in prison, along with a fine of $1,000 (£644), Hammons reckoned he would do it again if the need arose.

"I've got PTSD, and I've seen enough death and destruction," he told 11Alive, noting his service in Desert Storm. "And I didn't want anything else to happen if I could prevent it."

Georgia law currently protects people from criminal charges if they break into a car to save a child, though the provision does not cover those who attempt to rescue animals.

Do you think Hammons should have been charged? Have your say in the comments section below. Click play above to watch the initial US TV news report on Hammons’ arrest.

Daljinder Nagra


May 21, 2015