From a reader:
As a dog owner and lover myself I would guess that put in the same situation I would have done the same thing regardless of what the firefighters ordered.
My question to you is this: Is this not a property rights case? Just because the firefighters show up at your house do you still not have the right to do with it what you want, even if that means running into your own burning house or breaking your own window at peril to yourself.
The argument for arrest is that Martin might have put a firefighter’s life in danger if he needed to be rescued. But noone would have faulted Martin if he was already in the house and a firefighter was injured trying to rescue him. Don’t firefighters generally make calculations concerning their own safty when rescuing anyone? Wouldn’t those calculations be the same if Martin as already in the house or entered later?