Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
MAN CHARGED WITH BREAKING INTO NEIGHBOR’S HOME AND ATTACKING GERMAN SHEPHERD
WITH YARD RAKE
SANTA ANA – A disgruntled man has been charged with breaking into his neighbor’s home and attacking a German Shepherd with a yard rake after becoming angry over the dog’s barking. Michael Stuart Patterson, 51, Mission Viejo, is charged with one felony count of first degree residential burglary and one felony count of animal cruelty. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of six years and eight months in state prison. Patterson’s bail will be set today, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at his arraignment at 3:00 p.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2010, Patterson is accused of breaking into the home of his neighbor, William D., by kicking open the front door while the neighbor wasn’t home. He is accused of being angry that William D.’s 5-year-old German Shepherd, Honey, barked frequently when his neighbor was not home.
Patterson is accused of finding the dog on the back patio of the home of attacking it with a yard rake. He is accused of hitting the dog, causing puncture wounds to the dog’s face. Patterson then left the scene.
Another neighbor heard the noise from the attack, wrote down the defendant’s license plate number, and called the police. In addition to the puncture wounds, Honey suffered a permanent loss of vision.