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College QB suspended after charge he broke dog's jaw

USA TODAY SPORTS USA TODAY SPORTS 25/09/2016 Jim Connell, USA TODAY NETWORK

College QB suspended after charge he broke dog's jaw © MSU ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS College QB suspended after charge he broke dog's jaw Hours after a Facebook post alleged animal abuse, Missouri State quarterback Breck Ruddick was suspended indefinitely by Bears coach Dave Steckel.

The redshirt sophomore was suspended Friday night for conduct detrimental to the team, a move that was supported by athletic director Kyle Moats.

Reddick will not return to team activities “until the situation is resolved,” according to a news release by the school’s sports information department.

The post was made about 1:30 p.m. Friday, by a woman who said she’s a friend of the owner of Luca, a 42-pound Australian shepherd. The post included photos of injuries allegedly caused by Ruddick, including a broken jaw and loss of some teeth.

According to the post, Ruddick let the dog loose after the injuries were caused, and the dog wasn’t located by the owner until a day later.

Lisa Cox, the public information officer for Springfield Police Department, said she is not aware of any reports or investigations being conducted by the SPD. Officials with Animal Control could not be reached for comment Saturday.

A petition on change.org calling on Steckel to permanently remove Ruddick from the team has gathered thousands of signatures.

Moats said Missouri State’s Student-Athlete Code of Conduct, which details responsibility and punishment for wrongdoing, is being followed in this case, and school officials cannot make further comments.

The Code of Conduct includes offenses categorized as Category I (violations of the law not classified as felonies, first-time alcohol and drug offenses, for example) and Category II (felonies, repeat alcohol and drug offenses, nonconsensual sexual conduct, unauthorized use or possession of firearms).

Ruddick was previously active on Twitter, but his account was deleted on Friday.

Jim Connell writes for the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK.

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