[UPDATED with Jail Sentence:] Michael Stuart Patterson, Upset Over Barking, Attacks and Blinds German Shepherd
The counts Patterson faced could have had him in the doghouse--actually, a state prison cell--for six years. He got 180 days in jail instead.
Patterson, who originally entered a not-guilty plea, pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony count of first degree residential burglary and one felony count of animal cruelty. His sentence reads four years in state prison, but that time is stayed pending successful completion of three years of formal probation (and, hopefully, an anger management class or three).
He must also pay restitution, although the amount has not yet been determined. It's to be decided Oct. 13 at Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.
Wonder how much dog blinding goes for these days?
UPDATE, NOV. 19, 2010, 2:33 P.M.: Mission Viejo 51-year-old Michael Stuart Patterson pleaded not guilty to one felony count of first degree residential burglary and one felony count of animal cruelty in the beating and blinding of a German Shepherd with a metal rake.
Meanwhile, a neighbor says he heard something that probably won't help Patterson's case.
Phillip De Labio heard Patterson yelling, "I'm going to kill you, and I'm going to kill your dog" as Patterson was knocking on the door of another neighbor who owns the dog, Honey.
"Why would he do something like this?" Bill Daly, Honey's master, later asked an Orange County Register reporter. "If he doesn't' want to confront me personally, he can put a note on my door."
Daly said he knows Honey barks a lot but that he had not received a complaint since adopting the dog off a Craigslist ad in April. Mission Viejo animal services also tell the Reg they never received a complaint about Honey's barking.