A GROUP of US students have been suspended after disturbing footage of a puppy being forced to drink beer sparked outrage on social media.
The brief clip – originally recorded at a frat party in Nassau County, New York and shared on Snapchat – shows a male student holding an eight-month-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel upside-down while a second sprays beer directly from a keg into its mouth.
The young dog appears in distress during the stunt – known as a 'keg stand' – and struggles to escape while the two party-goers hold it in place.
The clip was reportedly filmed at an off-campus party for Hofstra University students belonging to a chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.
It was met with fury online after being re-uploaded to Twitter by user @kristinaproscia, who called for action to be taken against the students.
— Kristina (@kristinaproscia) 11 May 2019
The fraternity has now been placed on interim suspension by the university pending a probe, while the pooch in question – who is called 'Buddy' – has been taken into the care of the SPCA animal welfare charity.
In a statement, Hofstra University said: "The behavior seen on the video is unacceptable and in violation of the University’s Code of Community Standards.
"In accordance with University policy, the chapter has been placed on interim suspension pending an investigation.
"In addition, any individual students identified in the video will also be subject to the University’s Code of Community Standards."
Nassau County SPCA have confirmed that Buddy is know in their care and in good health.
The charity also said charges may be brought against the pup's owner, who is believed to be one of the two students shown in the shocking video.