REDWOOD CITY -- A man who became notorious for abusing dozens of rodents at his former home in Menlo Park -- including some in his freezer and garbage disposal -- is back in trouble, a prosecutor said.
Robert Patrick Hollywood, 56, pleaded not guilty to felony methamphetamine possession Wednesday in San Mateo County Superior Court. This time there are no mice involved, but Hollywood sort of ratted on himself, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
When police stopped Hollywood Feb. 9 on Rolison Road in Redwood City, where he now lives, they asked him if he was on probation. He said "yes," even though it wasn't true and then gave a Redwood City police officer permission to pat him down. The officer found less than a gram of meth, Wagstaffe said.
Hollywood was booked and remains behind bars in lieu of $10,000 bail.
The circumstances were quite different back in 2004 when Hollywood was sentenced to a year in jail and three years probation for felony animal cruelty. The sentence flowed from a raid in May 2003 when animal control workers seized about 150 mice, three dozen rats, four hamsters, two red-tailed boas and a cat from Hollywood's Colby Avenue home.
The seizure was the final step in a drawn out effort by county officials to reduce the number of rodents at Hollywood's home. During one visit animal care workers found dead mice in the freezer as well as dead mice and rats scattered about the house, according to court records. At the time, authorities said he collected the animals and appeared to be breeding them.
Defense attorney Ross Green didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment Wednesday.
Contact Joshua Melvin at 650-348-4335. Follow him at Twitter.com/melvinreport.