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Case ID: 19972
Classification: Beating
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013

County: Monroe

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged
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Alleged: Brett D. Neil

A Rochester man was arrested Tuesday after a video on YouTube of a dog being abused came to the attention of Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester.

Humane law enforcement officers arrested and charged Brett D. Neil, of 90 Resolute St., with animal cruelty, a misdemeanor.

According to officials, Neil was identified as the man who allegedly doused a German shepherd with water from a hose and struck the dog with what appeared to be a rake on video. The video was posted on social media, which prompted an investigation.

"While we were conducting our investigation according to criminal procedure, a group of vocal citizens generated publicity that actually hampered our progress," said Reno DiDomenico, director of Law Enforcement at the Humane Society of Greater Rochester in a statement.

"As a small SPCA agency with just three officers and funded solely by donations from the community, we don't have access to the same resources as municipal police or sheriff agencies. Despite the noble intentions of our animal-loving community, constant demands for action outside of the scope of the law and interference in investigations jeopardize our ability to build cases that may ultimately bring animal abusers to justice in the courts."

Following identification, Neil brought the one-year-old dog named Princess to Lollypop farm, an animal welfare organization, for care and further examination.

Neil is scheduled to appear in Rochester City Court on Thursday. The misdemeanor animal cruelty charge could lead to sentence of one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.


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