A police officer in Strongsville, Ohio was driving through a parking lot on a hot day when something caught his eye. He saw a Labrador retriever in a car with the windows up, clearly panting and overheated. When the dog's owner returned, the officer began writing her a ticket, asking her, "You know this could have cost your dog its life?"
When she became irate, the officer's reaction was brilliant – he asked her to please wait inside her car, with the engine off and the windows rolled up, while he took his time writing her ticket. The dog stayed out in the breeze with the officer. Maybe next time she'll think twice.
This adorable little guy takes in gulps of fresh air after being rescued from a hot car.
Michael Hammons, a war veteran from Georgia, took matters into his own hands when he noticed a dog suffering in a hot car. Hammons told USA Today, "I've got PTSD, and I've seen enough death and destruction." "And I didn't want anything else to happen if I could prevent it."
He grabbed the leg rest from his wife's wheelchair and used it to smash the window.
Hammons was arrested – Georgia law allows for a Good Samaritan to break a car window to rescue a child, but the law does not apply to animals. However, Hammons says he has no regrets and the charges against him were dropped.
Every year, dozens of animals die from being locked in hot cars. Their owners didn't intend for it to happen, but it's so easily preventable. Even for a few minutes, it's just not worth the risk.
Still not convinced? Check out this video.