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Mission Viejo man arrested on charges of beating neighbor's dog with a rake

November 18, 2010 |  3:04 pm

A Mission Viejo man who was angered by a barking dog allegedly broke into a neighbor’s house and beat the German shepherd with a garden rake, leaving the animal with puncture wounds and permanent loss of vision, authorities said Thursday.

Michael Stuart Patterson, 51, of Mission Viejo is charged with residential burglary and animal cruelty, both felonies.

An Orange County district attorney’s spokeswoman said Patterson kicked open the front door of a neighbor’s house about 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, angry at the dog’s incessant barking.

The man found the dog on a patio in the backyard and started hitting it with a rake, striking the dog until it suffered puncture wounds to its face, prosecutors said.

The 5-year-old dog suffered permanent vision loss from the wounds, authorities said.

Patterson, who is scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon, faces a maximum sentence of six years and eight months in state prison.

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