COLLEGE STATION- A disturbing discovery on the Texas A&M campus has led to criminal charges for three members of the Corps of Cadets.
According to reports obtained by KBTX, a dead dog propped up on several pieces of firewood was found in the middle of the practice field used by the school's band.
One witness said the dog appeared to be set up in a "ritualistic" style and was covered in blood and another "bodily fluid."
According to the police report, the deceased dog was dressed up with a Texas A&M baseball cap that is commonly issued to freshmen students in the Corps of Cadets and had a coat hanger wrapped around its neck.
The carcass was discovered around 2:00 a.m. on March 7th.
Several hours later, on the same day, an e-mail sent to a Corps of Cadets Lieutenant identified the three suspects.
Atticus Johnson, Garrett Kale and Sterling Hampe were all taken into custody this week and charged with illegal dumping.
The students, all 18-years-old, claim they found the deceased dog on the side of a road in Bryan.
A spokesman for the Texas A&M Police Department told KBTX he did not know of a motive behind the dog being dumped onto the field.
The Corps of Cadets declined to comment on the situation and a spokesman for A&M did not respond to our request asking if the trio is facing any discipline.
The suspects avoided animal cruelty charges because the dog was already deceased when it was picked it up.