MSU QB Ruddick cited in animal cruelty case

Published: Sep. 26, 2016 at 6:20 PM CDT
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Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Animal Control has cited MSU QB Breck Ruddick after their initial investigation of animal abuse claims.

Ruddick was ticketed for animal cruelty and dog at large charges, both are municipal ordinance violations.

Ruddick's neighbor says that conduct involved her Australian Shepherd Luca. She says Ruddick was watching her dog and shattered its jaw.

An incident report released by Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Animal Control says that Ruddick admitted to beating the dog, according to text messages received by the dog's owner. Additionally, the report says the dog required surgery at a cost of $1,500 for its injuries.

Ruddick has been suspended indefinitely suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, according to head coach Dave Steckel.

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.

The team says Ruddick will not play in any games until the situation is resolved.

The case is still open and active. Law enforcement may choose to file additional charges.