Students Busted Over Dog in Keg Stand Pic
Animal held upside down in Twitter image
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 11, 2014 11:36 AM CDT
A screen grab from video of the dog, Mya.   (Democrat and Chronicle video)

(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," reports. Mya, whose owner wasn't home during the incident, is in good condition with the local dog warden.

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Mar 12, 2014 9:07 AM CDT
What a waste of time. Did they even prove that the dog drank the beer?
Mar 12, 2014 8:24 AM CDT
Nice, a harmless prank and a funny photo leads to felony charges and two ruined lives, while the dog is none the wiser. The scales of justice in the country are swayed by people that don't understand the difference between themselves and animals.
Mar 11, 2014 11:19 PM CDT
Hosehead lives, eh!