HALFMOON, New York — He was a hero in his own mind.
Michael Orchard of Halfmoon, N.Y., was high on LSD and cough syrup when he slammed his car through the fence of his neighbor’s house, broke their sliding door and took their dog, police said.
Orchard believed the dog needed to be saved from a fire – but in fact it was all in his imagination.
“He believed that the residence was on fire and he was rescuing the dog,” said Trooper Mark Cepiel, of the New York State Police told WNYT-TV.
The large white dog was unharmed and later returned to its owners, according to the Albany Times Union.
Orchard, 43, was arrested for second degree burglary and third degree criminal mischief, police said. He was arraigned in Halfmoon Court and remanded to Saratoga County Jail after failing to post bail.