STILLWATER, OK – Local police found a deceased longhorn in the front yard of an Oklahoma State fraternity house called FarmHouse on Friday. The grim discovery occurred a day before the scheduled football match where the university’s team is set to compete against the University of Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 championship.
Upon arriving on the scene at 6:39 a.m., the Stillwater Police Department confirmed the animal’s death and sought support from the Criminal Investigations Division, as stated by Terry Low, the Stillwater Police Department spokesperson. The individual who committed the crime might potentially face an animal cruelty charge, a felony offense. Low expressed his shock at the unusual and deeply disturbing nature of the crime.
The fraternity members distanced themselves from the incident in a statement shared on Facebook. They affirmed that no member was involved and denounced all forms of livestock defacement and cruelty.
The fraternity revealed that an inappropriate phrase referring to their chapter was branded onto the carcass. The statement further expressed their disgust at the disregard for proper animal welfare exhibited in the incident.
The university also reacted with strong condemnation to the shocking incident of animal cruelty on Twitter. Their posts asserted that any students breaking university conduct codes would face suitable action depending on the investigation’s outcome.
President Dr. Kayse Shrum issued a statement on Twitter echoing the sentiment of strong condemnation. She hoped for the case to be prosecuted to the fullest extent and stressed that the act did not represent the university’s values.
The university’s football team, OSU Cowboys, will compete in the championship game that is scheduled for Saturday at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.