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Case ID: 20051
Classification: Poisoning
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Sunday, Mar 9, 2014

County: Monroe

Disposition: Alleged
Case Images: 1 files available

Alleged: Robert Yates

A man has been arrested after a recent photo from a College at Brockport: State University of New York off-campus party went viral.

The picture showed a dog doing a keg stand, being held by an unidentified male with a SUNY Brockport sweatshirt on. It was shared on Twitter Sunday by @SUNYPartyStory with the caption "Keg stands n Bits!"

The account, unaffiliated with the State University of New York system, shares photos from recent parties at SUNY schools with its 68,000-plus followers. Recent posts show college students drinking alcohol, passed out, playing flip cup, dancing in various states of undress or simply vomiting.

But the image of a black Labrador Retriever, being held by its hind legs with the beer keg's nozzle in its mouth, prompted an investigation into concerns of animal abuse.

"We were alarmed to learn of this disturbing photo," the College at Brockport told Time Warner Cable News in a statement. "The College will investigate this matter and take appropriate action once the details surrounding the photo are learned."

Brockport Police arrested Robert Yates of Brockport over the incident, TWC News reported Monday. Yates was charged with torturing and injuring animals, and issued a ticket for an April 2 appearance in court.

It's unclear if Yates is a student and whether he was in the photo or affiliated with the SUNY Party Stories Twitter account.

Police told TWC News that the black lab is not owned by Yates, and appeared to have been stolen from its owner. The dog has been taken into protective custody and is said to be in good condition.

The original tweet depicting the photo has since been deleted, but it continues to be shared on social media with strong reactions.


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