Largo man breaks car window to save trapped dog

Posted at 3:48 AM, Dec 15, 2015

A Largo man says he broke a stranger's car window in order to rescue a dog he thought was in danger.

Jonathan Parris said he noticed the dog in the truck as he walked into a store. He said this happened yesterday near the Largo Mall. It was after 12 p.m.

“His tongue was halfway out. He was going back and forth,” Parris said.

Parris said he contacted the police department and then took the matter into his own hands. He recorded video on his phone of the dog in the truck, and then his video showed him afterward getting the dog out of the truck.

“I figured that was the right thing to do is to call the police and say, ‘Hey this guy's dog (is) locked in the car, you might want to hurry up and get over here,’” Parris said.

Parris said he grabbed a hammer, blankets and a rope from his car. He said he had those tools and equipment in his car because he is a mover. Parris said he smashed the driver’s window.

According to the Largo Police Department, the owner of the dog was not inside the store a long amount of time, which Parris did not know at the time. Authorities said the windows were cracked; it was in the low 80’s and they did not believe the dog was in danger.

“Absolutely I would do it again (if) it was a dog, child, whatever. I wouldn't think twice,” Parris said.

Parris said he agreed to pay the owner of the truck $50 toward repairing his window.

“It was definitely worth it. I mean, I would’ve went to jail proud that I did it for a cause,” Parris said.

Authorities urge people to contact 911 immediately if there is an emergency and you witness something similar.