Troopers: New York man on drugs breaks into neighbor’s home to rescue dog from imaginary fire

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HALFMOON, N.Y. — A man thought he saved his neighbor’s dog from a fire, but he was locked up instead of hailed a hero — because New York state troopers said he was on LSD and the “fire” was a hallucination.

Michael Orchard, 43, told troopers he mixed LSD with cough medicine, WNYT reported.

“He believed that the residence was on fire and he was rescuing the dog,” Trooper Mark Cepiel told the station.

Neighbors said Orchard banged on their doors to warn them about the fire, but no would would help him fight the imaginary flames.

Undeterred, he then drove his BMW through the family’s fence and smashed their door to break in.

The troopers found him holding the dog and “standing heroically,” according to WNYT.

Orchard was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief.

Capiel said he doesn’t face any drug charges because no illegal drugs were found on him and he didn’t drive on the road.

The dog was not hurt in the incident.

Neighbors said Orchard has a history of destroying things.