Smith let out a blood-curdling scream, “like my entire insides came out,” she recalled.
Police said that the dog was also found with missing skin and hair, according to USA Today.
In an inaugural meeting, parents from California, Louisiana, New Jersey, Texas, and other spots around the country — representing a minimum of 15 children who have died — will meet in South Carolina for two days to discuss how their children died and what can be done to protect others from the dangers of hazing.
“It puts a bigger face on the story,” said Leslie Lanahan, whose son, Gordie Bailey Jr., the captain of his high school football team, died after an alcohol-saturated fraternity event in 2004 at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
“I don’t think it has ever gotten the attention it deserves collectively.” Hazing has been a problem for decades.
In a national 2008 study of more than 11,000 college students, 55 percent of those involved in clubs, teams, and organizations said they experienced hazing.