WNYT A Halfmoon man allegedly broke into his neighbor’s house to save the family dog from a fire, Thursday night. However, there was no fire. Troopers say he was on LSD and hallucinating. Troopers say 43-year-old Michael Orchard of Inglewood Drive told them he mixed LSD with cough medicine Thursday afternoon and they found him, standing heroically with a dog in his arms outside of what he thought was a giant inferno. “He believed that the residence was on fire and he was rescuing the dog,” said Trooper Mark Cepiel, Troop G spokesperson. Neighbors tell NewsChannel 13 Orchard went around the neighborhood banging on doors yelling about a fire. Since no one would help, because there was no fire. The animal lover took matters into his own hands to save the dog, allegedly driving his black BMW sedan through the fence. Troopers say once Orchard got through this fence with his vehicle, he got out, went up to the back door, smashed through it and went inside to save the family’s large white dog. Orchard was charged with second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief and put in county jail on $15,000 bail. Neighbors didn’t want to go on camera because they’re scared of retribution in the tightly packed development. Several neighbors listed things Orchard has allegedly destroyed in the past. We asked Cepiel why there were no drug charges if Orchard was allegedly high. “He drove over yards and through the fence. At no point was he on the roadway and no illegal substances were found in his possession,” said Cepiel. Troopers say Orchard was very cooperative. The developers say they’ve already ordered the victims a new door. The dog was unharmed.
A New York man named Michael Orchard took a mixture of LSD and cough syrup, and while he was tripping he believed that his neighbor’s home was on fire, and being an animal lover he could not just sit by and watch his neighbor’s dog burn alive in an inferno. After attempting to alert other neighbors to help save the dog from the blaze, Michael Orchard drove his BMW through his neighbor’s fence, then smashed through the neighbor’s back door and pulled the dog from the fire. When police arrived, Michael Orchard stood heroically holding the dog, ready to receive praise. However there was a major problem, there was no fire, the raging inferno that Michael Orchard saves his neighbor’s dog from was an hallucination and he had done a lot unnecessary of damage to his neighbor’s property which led to his arrest. If you are tripping, and you think that you see a giant inferno which will kill your neighbor’s dog unless you act heroically and save the day, it’s probably a good idea to throw some cold water on your face then take a deep breath and remind yourself that you might be hallucinating due to the drugs you ingested before you act on your hero complex.