Alpha Gamma Rho has been suspended by Western Kentucky University for a party that led police to the chapter house where a goat was found in a closet.
The goat had been intended for use in a hazing ritual, according to the Bowling Green Police Department.
A letter has been sent to the national chapter of the fraternity and all activities will be suspended during Western's investigation, said Bob Skipper, university spokesman. The suspension means the fraternity cannot have any official events such as meetings or parties.
When contacted at their house Thursday, members of Alpha Gamma Rho said they had no comment.
When police officers arrived at the fraternity house at 1436 Chestnut St. at 2:25 a.m. Thursday for the party complaint, the goat was found in a small basement storage room where it had no food or water, according to the BGPD report.
Police were told the goat was in the house because pledges were going to have sex with it, according to a city police report.
The male goat was taken to the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society for an examination Thursday afternoon by veterinarian Consuela Reinhart.
“At the bottom of the rectum there was a small abrasion,” she said.
There was not an extensive amount of bruising, Reinhart said. Other than the abrasion, the goat is in good shape.
Tests showed there was nothing unusual in the animal's stool that would have caused the injury, she said.
Reinhart also said it was unlikely the goat had vomited. Police said the goat was in a confined area where there was vomit.
“Goats can't really vomit. Usually when you find a goat that vomited you find a dead goat,” she said.
“The goat had been penetrated by something; by what we don't know,” said Roxie Ross, animal control officer for BGPD.
The goat was slightly thin and malnourished, Reinhart said.
“I hope we're able to find a good home for him where they'll spoil him severely. He deserves it,” said Lorri Hare, human society director.
The goat is very apprehensive around people, she said.
The only charge thus far is a citation for second-degree cruelty to animals against Trenton Dakota Jackson, 19, of Henderson, a freshman at Western.
“The university takes hazing very seriously,” Skipper said.
The last three hazing incidents all resulted in suspensions for the fraternity involved. In 2002, Sigma Alpha Epsilon received a six-month suspension for physical hazing, Kappa Alpha Psi received a two-year suspension in 2001 for physical hazing and Kappa Sigma was given a four-year suspension for mental and physical hazing.
Western will not release the results of any disciplinary actions against individual students for privacy reasons, Skipper said. Actions taken against the fraternity will be made public.
“We want to be as out front with this as we can be,” he said.
The student code of conduct at Western forbids any sort of hazing activities.
The Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity nationally does not condone hazing or a pledging process, according to its Web site. The majority of the fraternity members are involved in agriculture.
There were underage people drinking alcohol in the fraternity house when law enforcement arrived, said Barry Pruitt, crime analyst for the BGPD. The incident remains under investigation. It's unknown at this time why no underage drinking citations were issued at the party, he said.
There are three chapters of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity in Kentucky, with chapters at Murray State and the University of Kentucky.
The university continues to investigate an alleged rape at another Western fraternity, Sigma Nu fraternity house, on Feb. 5, Skipper said. No action has been taken against the fraternity.