Idaho teacher accused of feeding puppy to snapping turtle charged

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In Preston, Idaho, the teacher accused of feeding a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several students has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. Preston Junior High School science teacher, Robert Crosland, was charged on Friday.

According to the  Idaho Statesman,  the Idaho attorney general’s office investigated the incident after several parents came forward to say Crosland had fed the puppy to the turtle on March 7. The turtle was later seized by authorities and euthanized as a non-native species. Petitions for and against what happened appeared in the community, including one insisting the teacher be fired for killing an animal in front of “impressionable junior high school students.”

The puppy was reported to have been sick, but parents argue that was still no excuse to feed it to a turtle.

On the other side on a “We Support Crosland” petition, parents expressed their support for the teacher. There are 605 students in grades six to eight at Preston Junior High. If convicted, he faces penalties of up to six months in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.

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14 replies
  1. Marni Montanez says:

    what sick individuals who do this. The person who drowned the raccoons and possum in florida will not be held responsible. Please make your voice heard

    The teacher who purposely drowned raccoons and a possom for eating chickens will not be charged because he didn’t mean evil intent; however he told the students not to say anything or video tape it or they would get a referral so that shows he knew he was doing something wrong. Please encourage him to file charges. This was animal cruelty.

    Here is Attorney Brad King’s contact
    Marion County

    Office of the State Attorney
    Marion County Judicial Center
    110 NW 1 Ave, Suite 5000
    Ocala, FL 34475

    (352) 671-5800 Voice
    (352) 671-5913 Fax

  2. Adrienne says:

    Again stupidity reigns supreme. How anyone can defend the actions of this teacher is beyond my comprehension. Does not say what the puppy was sick from, yet his death, if that sick, should have been done by a vet. and be euthanized humanely. This was not done humanely and something that these still impressionable 6th to 8th graders shouldn’t have been exposed to. We read all the time about children torturing and killing animals and wonder where they get these ideas? Well, right in school obviously and the justice system needs to crack down harder on people who do this. The teacher basically got a slap on the wrist and should have gotten more. He was playing God by saying the puppy was sick so it was ok to feed it to this turtle because it was going to die anyway.

  3. Nancy Raymond says:

    Another teacher whose actions are deplorable, cruel, insensitive and basically downright cruel. He should be charged with FELONY animal cruelty, and held up as an example as to what no teacher should be. Crosland proved he and his actions are despicable and firing him would be a good start to show what he did is totally unacceptable. He is no one who should be teaching children in any capacity. All he did was show children that animal cruelty is OK – another brain dead idiot – I wouldn’t hire this asshole to clean my cat litter.

  4. Larry says:

    The puppy isn’t the only one who is “sick.” Fire that SOB and revoke his teaching license so he can never work in a public school again. How cruel can people be? I hope he gets the maximum sentence and serves every last day of it.

  5. Jan Barnes says:

    First, jail–last “hell”! Poor innocent dog and turtle! Students supporting this subhuman are either mentally ill or equally cruel. Karma will be strong! Maybe they will go swimming with the alligators or sharks!

  6. Animal Advocate says:

    Should be a felony. Two needless deaths and teaching younger people animal cruelty is ok. And we wonder why we have school shootings and serial killers ? Most hot tutor start by torturing animals.

  7. Mary Ann Clark says:

    He is responsible for the death of two animals,the puppy and the turtle! He deserves a very long prison term! There should also be mandatory psychological screening for every student who stood by and watched!

  8. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    What a sick bastard. With all this animal abuse done by children and he does this in front of them what is that going to prove if he doesn’t go to Prison???? If they let him go it will only show the kids that its ok to do this and there will be no repercussions for it.

  9. Linda Tomolonis says:

    Why don’t we feed our sick humans to alligators?? Did he think the puppy couldn’t feel pain?? He needs to be investigated. Jeffrey Dahmer seemed normal also also until they went into his house and he tortured animals as a child also. And how sick are the people supporting this teacher?? Yes, he should be fired. What must the kids have thought??? I would have thrown up. The turtle was illegal also. He committed 2 crimes, felony animal abuse(where did he get the puppy)? and possession of an illegal species. I hope he gets fired and goes to jail. This is just sickening. Poor little puppy.

  10. Bunny Peters says:

    He deserves to go to prison for extreme animal cruelty by allowing a sick puppy to be cruelly murdered by a turtle and pay a hefty fine for the illegal turtle…… Great role model for kids: it’s ok to kill sick animals (instead of taking them to a veterinary office for care) & it’s ok to have illegal pets….. what s wonderful “two-fer”…….

    I hope he is never allowed to “teach” again…..

    He has a reserved spot in Hell where he will burn forever for his cruelty……..


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