HALFMOON, N.Y. — A New York man is behind bars after deputies say he broke into a neighbor’s house to save their dog from a fire — only there was no fire.
Michael Orchard, 43, was charged with burglary after police found him standing in front of the house with the dog in his arms, according to WYNT.
Troopers say he was high on LSD and cough syrup at the time of the incident and believed the home was on fire.
“He believed that the residence was on fire and he was rescuing the dog,” said trooper Mark Cepiel.
Orchard supposedly went around the neighborhood, knocking on doors and screaming about the fire. Since no one replied, he took matters into his own hands and drove his black BMW through the fence. He then got out, smashed through the back door and “saved” the family’s dog, WYNT reports.
Orchard was charged with second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief.
He’s in jail on a $15,000 secured bond.