After watching the dog yelp and paw at the window before curling up on the floor, Susanne Jones knew she had to do something. "I just felt like if I stayed there and watched, I was going to watch the dog die," she later told KOB-TV.
She smashed in a window, and in all likelihood, saved the dog's life.
For that, she got a big thank you from the dog's owner, Cissy King, who did not realize the extent of the danger she had left the pooch in while she escorted her 98-year-old mother to a doctor's appointment.
"The officer asked if I wanted to file a counter complaint," King told KOB, "and I said, 'About what?' He said, 'About the lady who broke your window.' I said, 'Absolutely not, no, I'm sure she did what she felt like she needed to do at the time.'"
A judge dismissed animal welfare charges against King, provided that she takes a pet safety class.