A snapping turtle, who was reported to have eaten a live, albeit “sick” puppy, has been euthanized. According to ABC News 4, the turtle, who was allegedly provided with the puppy-meal by an Idaho science teacher, was killed because the Idaho State Department of Agriculture considers it to be an invasive species.
The presence of the snapping turtle in the Preston Junior High School classroom came to light after news spread about the live puppy being fed to the reptile in front of students. Upon learning about the snapping turtle, officials with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture seized the reptile and “humanely” euthanized it.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the teacher, identified as Robert Crosland, was given a “sick and deformed” puppy by someone in the community. According to the report, the puppy was dying. Crosland allegedly placed the puppy into the water and the turtle ate it after the pup drowned.
The situation remains under investigation.
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