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KU Fraternity Punished For Abusing Turkey

KSAL Staff - September 14, 2013 4:45 pm

University of Kansas police say crime at the school last year was down significantly from the year before.

University of Kansas police say crime at the school last year was down significantly from the year before.

A University of Kansas fraternity has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine and complete 1,000 extra hours of community service to settle an animal abuse case.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said in a statement that evidence obtained through an exhaustive investigation suggests that a turkey was mistreated in December 2012 at a Beta Theta Pi fraternity house party.

The turkey had been rented for the party. Witnesses said some fraternity members broke the bird’s cage, chased and choked it and broke its wing and a leg.

Police say they were told a fraternity member killed the bird to end its suffering.

Branson said witnesses provided so many conflicting accounts that it was difficult to determine who was responsible for the improper treatment of the bird.

Dot Gale

September 15, 2013 at 11:33 am

After reading this story, I believe the word tortured would be more appropriate. The word ‘abused’ is way too mild. Torture is the act of deliberately inflicting severe physical pain and possibly injury to a person (or animal) who is physically restrained or otherwise under the …(this is from Wikipedia).

Red Neck

September 17, 2013 at 8:34 am

Why not disband the frat? All fining them $5000 is going to do is get into their beer money a little bit and there will not be any lesson learned here. Further those involved should be removed from school because of their actions. Sounds like they have a bunch of sicko’s they need to get rid of so how about it KU.

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