We need to ensure that this type of abuse never happens again.Brett D Neil should receive the maximum jail sentence and fine. Custody of the dog should be revoked immedieatly and he should not have any future contact with any animal. Here is a link to the full story and a statement from Lollypop Farm The Humane Society of Greater Rochester Humane law enforcement officers with the Humane Society of Greater Rochester arrested Brett D. Neil of 90 Resolute Street in Rochester, on October 22 for animal cruelty. Mr. Neil is charged with animal cruelty under Section 353 of the NY Agriculture and Markets law for torturing and injuring an animal. A report was made through the Humane Society’s Animal Cruelty Hotline late Thursday, October 17, of a man dousing a German shepherd dog with water from a hose and striking the dog with what appears to be a rake. A video of the incident was subsequently posted on social media. Humane Society law enforcement officers obtained the original unedited video file and interviewed witnesses to identify the man and dog depicted in the video. Once identified, Mr. Neil cooperated by providing a statement to officers and bringing the dog to Lollypop Farm to be examined by veterinary staff. “While we were conducting our investigation according to criminal procedure, a group of vocal citizens generated publicity that actually hampered our progress,”explains Reno DiDomenico, Director of Law Enforcement at the Humane Society of Greater Rochester. “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.” The one-year-old female named Princess is now being cared for at Lollypop Farm and will be examined by the veterinary staff at the Humane Society to gather forensic evidence in support of the investigation. Mr. Neil is scheduled to appear in Rochester City Court on Thursday, October 24. The misdemeanor animal cruelty charge could lead to sentence of one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.