Mom and son save hot dog in car — then get punched in face

Save a dog’s life, get your teeth knocked out by the owner.

Clay County mother Melanie May told police and CBS47 Action News Jax that’s what happened to her and son Bradley Allen in a Dollar General parking lot on Saturday. Though not covered under any good Samaritan laws, this version of no good deed goes unpunished is addressed by standard battery laws. Dog owner Kendra Smith and Jalamb Tinney each face a count of first degree misdemeanor battery.

May told the television station she and her son saw a dog foaming at the mouth while in a car on Saturday afternoon. Area temperatures were in the 80s. A search of several strip mall stores, May said, didn’t turn up the owner.

The owner, Smith, turned up after either May or, according to this report from News4Jax, another man opened the door for the dog. Smith allegedly punched May and Tinney nailed Allen. May and Allen told reporters that Allen needed staples in the back of his head and that May got a tooth knocked out.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal