Hempstead, NY – Hofstra University suspended a fraternity chapter after a video came out of a cell phone that showed students forcing a small dog to drink beer from a barrel.
The eight-month-old spaniel, whose name is Buddy, has been removed from its owner, reported KYW.
The incident occurred during a meeting outside the Alpha Epsilon Pi school, according to USA Today.
The video showed a member of the fraternity as he held Buddy upside down on a keg of beer.
"Let's go! Keg standing!" A spectator shouted, while a second man forced the barrel tap into the dog's mouth
The liquid left Buddy's mouth when it was placed on a table a moment later.
Police investigated the incident and the owner of Buddy agreed to take him to a veterinarian for a checkup, KYW reported.
But he did not follow it.
"He did not take the dog to the vet, and that was one of the decisions, that we decided that, at that time, we needed to take the dog and get immediate veterinary care," said the Nassau Society for Prevention. of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Detective Matt Roper explained.
Buddy is now in the care of the SPCA.
"The behavior seen in the video is unacceptable and violates the University's Community Standards Code," Hofstra University officials said in a statement to Newsday.
"The university has been in communication with the headquarters of Alpha Epsilon Pi International, as well as with the chapter members regarding this off-campus incident," the statement said. "In accordance with the policy of the University, the chapter has been placed on provisional suspension pending an investigation."
In addition to the suspension of the university, the fraternity has put the 30-member chapter in "cease and desist" for alleged violations of health and safety policies, USA Today reported.
Alpha Epsilon Pi has more than 190 chapters in seven countries.
"During this period of investigation, there can be no chapter activities," reads the fraternity statement. "We hope to use this as a teaching moment to help build better young people committed to our policies and our mission to develop the future leaders of Jewish communities around the world."
Detective Gary Rogers of SPCA said that alcohol is toxic to dogs.
"No matter what, it's quite annoying that someone makes the decision to do this to an animal," det. Rogers said. "Alcohol can be poisonous to an animal, we hear about fraternity hazing all the time, we should not have hazing frat with animals."
Once the investigation is completed, it will go to the district attorney's office for a possible misdemeanor of animal torture, he told WABC.
"That dog had no other choice," the detective added. "He did not say, 'Hey, I want a beer and I want it to be thrown down my throat', so it's wrong."
Police said Buddy will eventually be returned to his 21-year-old owner, CBS News reported.