Dog Forced to Drink Vodka Photo - Facebook Rumour
by ThatsNonsense.com, added on the 13 Aug 2012
Article No: 1598
Images are circulating social networking sites Tumblr and Facebook that appear to show a young man force feeding a dog a bottle of vodka.
At this time the source of the photo is unknown and we can only speculate what is going on in the photo. After examination it appears unlikely that the dog is actually being force fed the vodka. The grip on the dog is loose and the angle of the bottle seems incorrect. During our research into the source of the photo we discovered several sites that strongly assert that the bottle cap was still in place and the dog was chewing on the end of the bottle, though this cannot be confirmed.
It is likely that either the dog is merely chewing on the bottle or that the photo was staged in a misguided attempt at humour.
UPDATE: A police investigation confirmed that the photo shows a dog chewing at the end of a capped bottle. See here.
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