RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) On Monday, Radford University school leaders wrote a Facebook post saying they were hearing reports of a goat being passed around fraternities on campus.
Pictures of the goat started to spread over social media.
Monday afternoon, the university suspended the chapters of Delta Chi, Sigma Pi, Pi Lamda Phi and Alpha Sigma Phi.
Some students were surprised by the suspension.
"It probably needs to be on a farm with some better housing and feed," said a student.
"They might have bitten off a little more than they could chew so I don't think they knew the exact ramifications of what could happen," said a student.
The reports raised concerns with the New Jersey-based baby goat rescue group, Goats of Anarchy.
Founder Leanna Lauricella said she called the police when she found out about the goat and said she even spoke with one of the members of the fraternity.
"One of the boys said that they had the goat and they sold him for $5 when they got a new puppy because the goat became unmanageable," said Laricella.
She said she wants the goat to be found safe and put in a proper environment.
"There's just a lot of things that I'm sure these people aren't checking for," said Laricella.
Four fraternities at Radford University have been suspended over allegations that a goat was mistreated.
The school says it learned of the possible animal abuse on Sunday. Radford University announced the suspensions for Delta Chi, Sigma Pi, Pi Lamda Phi and Alpha Sigma Phi on Monday.
Radford University says it will hold any students or organizations involved accountable.
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