Fraternity suspended after apparently forcing dog to drink beer

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -

A Hofstra University fraternity has been suspended from hosting events on campus after officials viewed a video showing a small dog being held upside down and sprayed in the mouth with a liquid from what appears to be a beer keg.

Alpha Epsilon Pi officials sanctioned its Hofstra chapter with a "cease and desist" order on Sunday following the Saturday incident.

The university called the behavior "unacceptable," and said the chapter has been "placed on interim suspension pending an investigation." A fraternity spokesman says they hope to use the incident as a teaching moment.

The dog was taken after the owner failed to get the animal checked out by a veterinarian.

“He didn’t take the dog to the vet…we decided at that point in time we needed to take the dog and get immediate veterinary care,” says SPCA Detective Matt Ropper.

The 10-month-old spaniel is now in the possession of the Nassau County SPCA. Officials say the dog is doing fine.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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