A fraternity at a New York university was put on an interim suspension after a video on social media showed men at a party forcing a puppy to drink beer from a keg, WABC reported.
Jon Pierce, a spokesman for the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, said the chapter at Hofstra University was given a cease and desist order Sunday after the Saturday night party at the Long Island school, WNBC reported.
The video, taken at the off-campus fraternity house, shows a man picking up the dog while a second man puts a keg nozzle near the animal’s mouth as beer comes out of the keg, WABC reported. Someone yells, “Let’s go, keg stand,” in the video, The Washington Post reported.
"That dog had no choice,” Gary Rogers, of the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told WABC. “It didn't say, ‘Hey, I want a beer and I want it poured down my throat.’ So it's wrong, on every level, it's wrong and just irrational thinking.”
The dog is a 10-month-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel. According to the Nassau County SPCA, one of the men in the video is the dog’s owner, the television station reported. The other man has not been identified.
"The behavior seen on the video is unacceptable and in violation of the University's Code of Community Standards," Hofstra spokeswoman Karla Schuster said. "The University has been in communication with Alpha Epsilon Pi International headquarters, as well as with chapter members regarding this off-campus incident."
Kristina Proscia, a student at nearby Adelphi University, said her friend showed her the video on Snapchat. Proscia then tweeted a few seconds of the video on Twitter, writing “So apparently it’s okay to force dogs to drink beer even though it can kill them????”
Proscia said she was “heartbroken.”
“I couldn’t believe that someone would even think to do that,” Proscia told Fios1News.
Rogers said the owner could face a misdemeanor charge, WABC reported.
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