Love to see the car owner's Twitter or FB Georgia Army veteran arrested for smashing window to save dog from hot car BY Rachelle Blidner NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 10:01 AM WXIA Michael Hammons used the footrest of his wife’s wheelchair to smash the Mustang’s window. An Army veteran was arrested Saturday for smashing the windows of a Mustang Convertible to save a dog from a hot car, police said. Michael Hammons said he couldn't stand by while the Yorkshire terrier was in distress in the strip mall parking lot after his time serving in Desert Storm. "I've got PTSD, and I've seen enough death and destruction," Hammons told 11Alive. "And I didn't want anything else to happen if I could prevent it." As a group of shoppers waited for police to free the dog, Hammons grabbed the foot rest of his wife's wheelchair and busted the window, My Fox Atlanta reported. While the onlookers cheered, the dog owner came out of the store and was "mad" about the broken window, Oconee County Sheriff Chief Deputy Lee Weems told the Daily News. WXIA The Yorkshire terrier was panting and left without water, witnesses said. It's in dispute how long the dog owner was inside the store for, Weems said. She claimed she was gone for only a few minutes but witnesses said it was much longer. The dog owner insisted that deputies charge Hammons, and they had "no other choice" but to follow through, he said. Hammons was arrested for criminal trespassing and released on his own recognizance, Weems said. He could face up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine if convicted, Weems said. Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 "I understand why he did what he did, but we don't get to decide whether people are guilty or innocent. That's why we have juries," Weems said, noting he doubted any jury would convict Hammons. Meanwhile, the dog owner was cited by Oconee Animal Control Services under county ordinances. Animal Control Director Catlyn Vickers told the Daily News that she could not discuss the case because it is under investigation. But she said that charges of animal cruelty could cost a $250 fine for a first time offense.