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Keel takes stand against animal cruelty
GSU president 'distressed' by professor's arrest
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Georgia Southern President Dr. Brooks Keel
Georgia Southern University President Dr. Brooks Keel said Thursday he is “very distressed” regarding a GSU professor’s arrest for animal cruelty.Biology professor Lance Durden was charged with animal cruelty last week during the college’s winter break. A university police officer said he saw him sic his dog on a cat and then urge the dog to “get it.”According to reports, Durden, 56, was walking a black and white dog that appeared to be a bulldog near Lakeside Café when the attack occurred. In a statement released Thursday, Keel said “I was recently made aware of the arrest … I am personally very distressed by the allegations and I find any abuse or torture of animals to be completely unacceptable.”He said the detailed report by GSU Police Officer William Kicklighter, who witnessed the incident, makes the incident “appear to be truly egregious.”“Animal cruelty is not only wrong – it is against the law,” he said.
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