In Preston, Idaho, the biology teacher accused of animal cruelty after feeding a puppy to a snapping turtle, has been found not guilty.
According to Ksl.com, a jury in Franklin County found Robert Crosland not guilty on Friday after deliberating about a half-hour. On March 7, the Idaho attorney general’s office investigated the incident after several parents came forward to say Crosland had fed the puppy to the turtle. The turtle, named Jaws, 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 very sick, had refused to eat and no matter what Crosland’s son did to help the puppy, it was clear the pup would not survive. Parents argued that was still no excuse to feed it to a turtle. Crosland testified he thought he had been doing the right thing because the puppy was likely to die.
Shane Reichert, one of Crossland’s defense attorneys told the East Idaho News, that some people would be offended with a snapping turtle eating a puppy, but in the eyes of the law, as to animal cruelty, there is no difference between a dog and a rat or even animals hunted.