Man cited for criminal damage after rescuing dogs from hot car

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An Ohio man was handed a citation for criminal damage after he smashed a car window to rescue two dogs.

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Cleveland.com reports Richard Hill was leaving Walmart in Parma on Saturday when he saw two dogs locked in a vehicle. It was nearly 80 degrees and Hill was concerned for the animals.
He grabbed a hammer from his truck and shattered one of the car’s windows. Moments later, police arrived in response to a 911 call about the dogs.
“I explained the whole thing to him [the officer] as far as what was going on, and I felt that the dog needed to be out right then and there. [The officer] told me that I did not have that rights and I had to wait on him,” Hill told ABC News.

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Surveillance video showed the dogs were left in the car for about eight minutes after the owner parked at 4:04 p.m. Bystanders called 911 at 4:08 p.m., and Hill smashed the window at 4:10 p.m.

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The dogs’ owner returned after about 14 minutes and was not cited, which Hill found most upsetting. Still, he maintains he would do it again.

“I would have done everything the same,” he said. “The only different thing I know I would end up doing is, I would actually take picture or video to fully cover all my bases, if something like this was to arrive I have all the evidence myself because now they are stating that the sun roof was wide open.”

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Senate Bill 215, also known as Ohio’s “Hot Car” legislation, protects good Samaritans who rescue a child or pet in a hot vehicle. The law allows people to forcibly enter the vehicle prior to emergency personnel responding without the fear of litigation.

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Hill, a home improvement contractor, grabbed a hammer from his work van and broke a car window in an attempt to save the dogs inside. Moments later, police arrived in response to a 911 call about the dogs in the car. 

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Surveillance video showed dogs were left in the car for about eight minutes. Security camera footage shows the dog owner pull into the Ridgewood Drive parking lot at 4:04 p.m. and enter the Walmart two minutes later.

Police say the dogs’ owner, Carly Hartman, returned to her car after about 14 minutes. She was not cited.

“The big dog was moving around in the backseat, but the small puppy was not even moving, sitting up or anything,” Hill said. “I didn’t know if he was passed out, just exhausted or what.”

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Man received citation after he smashed a car window to rescue dogs in a hot car

Richard Hill thought he was being a good Samaritan on July 28, when he broke car window to rescue two dogs, which he claimed appeared to be in hot car without the owner over the weekend. Instead, he was handed a citation for criminal damage, he told ABC News in a phone interview.

Hill saw a small dog that appeared to be two or three months old and a larger dog that was about 2 years old inside the locked car. A passerby who also saw what was going on went into the Walmart nearby to find the owner of the car, and another man called Parma police to inform them of the situation, Hill reported.

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A Cleveland man broke out a car window over the weekend to’rescue’two dogs in a hot car. Instead, he was slapped with a citation, charging him with criminal damaging.

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Richard Hill said he and several other bystanders noticed two dogs locked inside a car with its alarm sounding. They thought one of the dogs appeared to be distressed. He said it did not respond when they tapped on the windows.

One bystander went inside to page the car’s owner while another dialed 911, Hill said. The 911 call was made at 4:08 p.m., and according to Parma Police, an officer arrived on scene at 4:12 p.m.

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PARMA, OH (WCMH) – An Ohio man is facing charges after doing what he thought was the right thing.

Richard Hill tells WKYC he truly believed two dogs were in danger when he broke out the windows of a car.

Hill said he was in a Walmart parking lot in Parma around 4pm Saturday when he saw people standing around a car, concerned about two dogs inside. One bystander called 911 while another went inside to get the vehicle owner to come outside.

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