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Charges filed in dog keg stand photo

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Two students are facing misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after a photo appeared on the internet showing them trying to make a dog to a keg stand.

20 year old Shane Oliver, the man appearing to hold the dog, was arrested on Monday, and 20 year old Robert Yates, the man who allegedly took the photo, was arrested on Sunday.

The photo was taken on Saturday at an off campus house party on Monroe Avenue, and soon started circulating the internet, mainly Twitter, prompting the Brockport police and the dog warden to act.

"The dog had the tap in its mouth and we were concerned by that," said Brockport Police Lt. Mark Cuzzupoli. "People get very upset over incidents like this."

Cuzzopoli said Yates, the student who took the photo was apologetic.

"He was very cooperative," Cuzzopoli said. "From speaking with him I clearly don't think he intended for this to be that way."

Cuzzopoli wouldn't say who owns the dog but that it does belong to someone at the house where the photo was taken.

Kyle Karst, who lives at the home where the photo was taken said he feels the situation is being overblown.

"The puppy hadn't had a sip of alcohol all night," he said. "It was strictly a joke that went wrong."

Karst added that the dog wasn't harmed at all and the student who took the picture would never harm an animal.

"Bobby's been there ever since we first got the dog," Karst said. "He helps pay for the vet bills and now everything is blown out of proportion."

Brockport police are still investigating the incident and both students are set to appear in court in April.

The 4 month old dog is fine, will have a veterinary exam, and is staying at a dog kennel in Sweden.

It's not known whether the puppy will be returned to its owner.

The College at Brockport released the following statement:

We were alarmed to learn of this disturbing photo. The College is investigating this matter and will take appropriate action once the details surrounding the photo are learned.

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