Police respond to animal cruelty complaint at KU fraternity

Lawrence police Friday night were called to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, 1425 Tennessee St., to investigate an animal cruelty complaint involving a turkey, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley.

Police determined that a live turkey had been in a cage during a party the house was hosting.

Witnesses reported that the turkey had been “poked by individuals through the cage and heckled during the evening,” McKinley said. The turkey was also “chased and abused by several individuals present at the party, seriously injuring the animal.”

Someone killed the turkey, “stating he did so to end its suffering,” McKinley said.

No one was arrested, but police have forwarded the investigation to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office for possible charging.

Representatives from the chapter did not return calls or emails.