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N.Y. college students cited for holding and forcing dog to drink from beer keg

Allegedly Yates took the photo as Oliver held the puppy upside down forcing her to drink beer. The students have denied forcing the dog, and said it was a joke.
Allegedly Yates took the photo as Oliver held the puppy upside down forcing her to drink beer. The students have denied forcing the dog, and said it was a joke.Twitter/Democrat and Chronicle

According to the Democrat and Chronicle.com, the Brockport Police Department issued appearance tickets for New York college students Shane Oliver and Robert Yates for holding a black Labrador retriever puppy upside down on a beer keg and forcing her to drink beer Saturday night at an off campus party.

The students are scheduled to appear in Sweden Town Court on April 2 and have been charged with torturing and injuring an animal.

The College at Brockford students posted the photo on a Twitter account called SUNY Party Stories page. Viewers were so outraged that by Monday the photo had gone viral with multiple reports filed with authorities.

A news release stated the following:

"Through a joint investigation between the SUNY Brockport Police, the Brockport Police Department and the Sweden Dog Warden, it was learned that a dog was held upside down, and apparently forced to consume beer from a keg during a party that occurred on Saturday March 8, 2014 at a house located on Monroe Avenue in the village of Brockport."

According to the website, Can I Give My Dog Beer?, the answer is unequivocally "NO."

Dogs can show symptoms of alcohol poisoning quickly ranging from vomiting to brain damage and even death. Alcohol slows down the dog's central nervous system causing depression, a loss of coordination, slower heart rate and breathing. In the worst cases, dogs may lapse into comas and die.

Alcohol damages their livers, kidneys, and brains as it does to humans, however since dogs weigh less the damage happens quicker.

The young pup has been identified as Mya, and her owner was not at home during the party. The dog is currently being held at the shelter under supervision of the Sweden Town Dog Warden. She is reported to be doing fine.

The college states they will be investigating, and hopefully take appropriate action against these students.

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