Fraternity Suspended After Viral Video Of Force-Feeding Alcohol To Puppy
Hempstead, NY – Hofstra University has suspended a fraternity chapter after a cell phone video surfaced that showed students forcing a small dog to drink beer out of a keg.
The eight-month-old spaniel, whose name is Buddy, has since been removed from his owner, KYW reported.
The incident occurred during an off-campus Alpha Epsilon Pi gathering, according to USA Today.
The video showed one member of the fraternity as he held Buddy upside-down over a beer keg.
“Let’s go! Keg stand!” an onlooker yelled, while a second man forced the keg tap into the dog’s mouth.
Liquid poured from Buddy’s mouth as he was placed onto a table a moment later.
Police investigated the incident, and Buddy’s owner agreed to take him to a veterinarian for a checkup, KYW reported.
But he didn’t follow through.
“He didn’t take the dog to the vet, and that was one of the decisions, that we decided that at that point in time, that we needed to take the dog and get it immediate veterinary care,” Nassau Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Detective Matt Roper explained.
Buddy is now in the care of the SPCA.
“The behavior seen on the video is unacceptable and in violation of the University’s Code of Community Standards,” Hofstra University officials said in a statement to Newsday.
“The University has been in communication with Alpha Epsilon Pi International headquarters, as well as with chapter members regarding this off-campus incident,” the statement read. “In accordance with University policy, the chapter has been placed on interim suspension pending an investigation.”
In addition to the university’s suspension, the 30-member chapter has been placed on “cease and desist” by the fraternity for alleged violations of safety and health policies, USA Today reported.
Alpha Epsilon Pi has over 190 chapters in seven countries.
"During this investigatory period, there can be no chapter activities," the fraternity’s statement read. "We hope that we are able to use this as a teaching moment to help build better young men who are committed to our policies and our mission of developing the future leaders of the world’s Jewish communities."
SPCA Detective Gary Rogers said that alcohol is toxic for dogs.
"No matter what, it’s rather disturbing that someone would make this decision to do this to an animal," Det. Rogers said. "Alcohol can be poisonous to an animal. We hear about frat hazing all the time. We shouldn’t have frat hazing to animals."
Once the investigation is complete, it will be passed off to the district attorney’s office for potential misdemeanor charge of torturing of animals, he told WABC.
"That dog had no choice," the detective added. "It didn't say, 'Hey I want a beer and I want it poured down my throat,' so it's wrong.”
Police said that Buddy will ultimately be returned to his 21-year-old owner, CBS News reported.