Breck Ruddick (photo/MSU Athletics)

Breck Ruddick (photo/MSU Athletics)

Missouri State University announced that sophomore quarterback Breck Ruddick has been suspended indefinitely due to accusations of animal abuse late Saturday night.

The school released the following press release:

It has recently come to the attention of head football coach Dave Steckel and Missouri State University that starting quarterback, Breck Ruddick, is accused of animal abuse.  The University considers this to be a serious allegation and as such, has taken the following actions: 

·         Ruddick is suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. 

·         The office of student conduct is coordinating an investigation and will turn findings over to Athletics for team discipline and then will begin university disciplinary action if appropriate.  The investigation is a top priority for the University and the football team.  It will be prompt, thorough and fair. 

·         Ruddick will not participate in football activities during the investigation.

The University takes this situation very seriously; however, due process is always required before final disciplinary action is taken by the football team or the University.

A petition has been started on change.org collecting signatures for the removal of Ruddick from the Bears football team.

According to the allegations in the petition, Ruddick was watching a 42-pound Australian Shepard for a female friend when he “lost his cool,” and injured the dog’s jaw.  The dog, named Luca, also suffered broken teeth.  Ruddick then allegedly let the dog loose and told his friend the dog ran off.

The dog was eventual found and underwent surgery and is back at home recovering.

The dog’s owner is attempting to press charges through animal control.

Read the petition here.  Viewer discretion advised.