Students Busted Over Dog in Keg Stand Pic

Animal held upside down in Twitter image

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 11, 2014 11:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Twitter photo of a dog held upside-down over a beer keg has a pair of college students in Western New York facing animal cruelty charges. The young Labrador retriever, Mya, was apparently being forced to drink, officials say (though another Twitter user says the dog didn't actually have any beer). Shane Oliver and Robert Yates, both 20-year-olds at SUNY Brockport, have been charged with torturing and injuring an animal. Oliver held the dog while Yates took and posted the picture, police say, per the Democrat and Chronicle. The picture, which featured a person wearing a college T-shirt, was posted on a Twitter account called SUNYPartyStories before making the rounds online. It was captioned "Keg stands n Bits," Syracuse.com reports. Mya, whose owner wasn't home during the incident, is in good condition with the local dog warden.

A screen grab from video of the dog, Mya.
A screen grab from video of the dog, Mya.   (Democrat and Chronicle video)
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