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Investigation continues into animal cruelty complaint at KU fraternity

January 29, 2013

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No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed in connection with a Dec. 14 allegation of animal cruelty at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, 1425 Tennessee St.

Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley said officers continue conducting interviews into a turkey being killed during a fraternity party.

Witnesses reported a turkey had been "poked by individuals through the cage and heckled during the evening," McKinley said. The turkey also was "chased and abused by several individuals present at the party, seriously injuring the animal." Someone then killed the turkey, and police were called.

In December, the national chapter of Beta Theta Pi announced that the KU chapter and their activities were suspended indefinitely, pending an investigation. This week, a spokesman for the national chapter said they are still completing that investigation, which should wrap up in a few weeks.

At KU, the national organization, as well as the KU Interfraternity Council, are responsible for investigating such cases and taking action.

Jack Esberg, a KU student and spokesman for the KU Interfraternity Council, said his organization is declining comment, pending the completion of the criminal investigation.

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