Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Lawrence police are investigating reports that members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at the University of Kansas abused and killed a turkey at a party.
Police said Monday they received a report of possible animal cruelty at a party that drew about 150 people Friday night.
The Kansas City Star reports witnesses said the some fraternity members broke the turkey's cage, chased the animal, choked it and broke its wing and a leg.
Police say they were told a fraternity member killed the bird to end its suffering.
A message left after hours for the Beta Theta Pi Foundation and Administrative Office wasn't immediately returned.
The university said in a statement that the fraternity's national chapter and the KU Interfraternity Council also are investigating the complaint.