In Parma, Ohio, a man from Cleveland has been cited for criminal damage after breaking car windows saving two dogs from the heat. Good Samaritan, Richard Hill says he is being punished for doing the right thing.
According to the Miami Herald, Hill had been at Walmart on Monday when he noticed the two dogs locked inside of the vehicle. When he tried to get the dogs’ attention from outside of the car, one of the dogs wouldn’t move. Other observers went into the store to find the owner of the vehicle, and the police were summoned.
Hill decided it was an emergency and used a hammer to break the window.
“As soon as I broke the window, the big pup wanted out right away,” Hill stated.
By the time a patrol car arrived, onlookers had already been giving the dogs water, however the officer told Hill he should have waited for the police. Ohio law states a person has immunity when a child or an animal is in imminent danger or suffering harm.
Sargent Dan Ciryak, with the Parma Police, stated he wasn’t sure if this was a matter of life and death for the dogs and stated the sunroof of the car was opened, and Hill had not waited long enough for police assistance. According to police, there were four minutes from the time of the call about the dogs to the time the officer arrived.
The owner of the dogs, Carly Hartman returned to her car after 14 minutes and stated she would never jeopardize her dogs safety. She was not ticketed. On Richard Hill’s Facebook page, he has tons of support from animal advocates and plans to fight the criminal damage citation.
PETA has praised Hill’s actions to save the dogs and has offered to help if a fine is incurred.
“This man acted compassionately to save dogs from potentially baking to death in a parked car, and he should not have been cited for that,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said. “PETA hopes everyone will always unhesitatingly do whatever it takes to help dogs and children if they are trapped in a hot car.”
(Photo of Cleveland man Richard Hill screenshot via the Miami Herald)
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