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Charges Dropped for Man Who Smashed Car Window, Saved Dog

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Posted at 1:23 PM, May 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-20 13:23:00-04

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities have dropped the charges against an Athens veteran who was arrested after breaking a window to free a dog from a hot car.


Multiple news outlets report Michael Hammons was charged with criminal trespassing May 12 after smashing out a window when he saw a distressed dog in a rapidly-heating Mustang. Ken Mauldin, district attorney for the Superior Court of Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties, said Tuesday he had dropped the charges against Hammons. Maudlin told the paper the car's owner, 22-year-old Elantra Cunningham, agreed with the decision.


Cunningham was cited for leaving the dog in the hot car.


Georgia state law allows an individual to break a car window to save a child in distress, but the same protection does not apply to pets.

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5/20/2015 4:48:17 AM (GMT -4:00)