VALLEY CENTER, Kan. (KAKE) - The Valley Center High School baseball season has been suspended after an allegation of animal cruelty.

Valley center police say they received a report of animal cruelty by a Valley Center High School employee. The complaint said the baseball team and coaches killed a chicken on the field before they left for an away game on Saturday. 

The school sent out an notice to families on Monday, saying the varsity baseball team's season is suspended while investigators look into the claims.

Below is the full email from USD 262:

"The Valley Center High School varsity baseball season has been suspended due to an active law enforcement investigation. High school administrators were alerted to an incident of possible animal cruelty involving the entire Hornet varsity baseball team and the entire coaching staff on USD 262 property. Immediately upon learning of the incident, high school and district leadership notified the appropriate authorities and suspended the season. A decision regarding the remainder of the baseball season will be made pending the outcome of the investigation.

Thank you."