Idaho teacher accused of feeding puppy to snapping turtle not guilty

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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, 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.

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13 replies
  1. slv says:

    Total BS!!!! Hope everyone in that community watches their pets. They may end up a snapping turtles lunch.
    If I saw something like that as a child or heard my teacher did that I’d be horrified and have nightmares. Terrible!!!!
    I don’t think he should be allowed to teach children.

  2. vicki hood says:

    What a horror for children to watch. Mentally damaging actions are too punishable by law. I would remove my child from this school.

  3. Stephen L. Phillips says:

    What complete, utter BULLSH*T!
    What manner of troglodytes inhabit that state???
    This bastard’s a SCIENCE “teacher”, and never considered VETERINARY CARE FOR A SUFFERING PUPPY???

  4. Jo Reints says:

    Regardless if the pup was dying, it still felt the unspeakable pain and torment of being eaten ALIVE, one bite at a time.
    So the damn snapping turtle was “euthanized”… BFD! I guantee IT wasn’t eaten by one bite at a time.
    That poor dying puppy SHOULD HAVE been given
    the opportunity to receive the same HUMANE treatment.

  5. Barkley's Mom says:

    This is still NOTHING you want your child to witness, I don’t care how sick or how likely the puppy was to die anyway, this is inhumane! I don’t know what kind of people there are in Idaho, but my opinion is they dropped the ball on this one!

  6. Me' says:

    Omg really? Not guilty? Apparently morons live in Idaho. God save the animals as the legal system just let all Idahoians that animal abuse and torture is okay there.

  7. Bunny Peters says:

    This is NOT justice. This trial should have had a “change of venue” so that “locals” would not have been on the jury……

    If I lived in that area, my children would NOT be in any school with this sadistic POS so called teacher……

    This sadistic POS so called teacher has a reserved space in Hell where he will burn forever for his cruelty……. He should get there ASAP after dying a horrible death alone, afraid, in pain and unloved…….

    OMG, how that precious soul must have suffered…….. This is beyond awful. That poor furbaby….. I have nightmares thinking about his terror and how he suffered……

    Precious little treasure, your life was stolen from you (& your life mattered). I am absolutely heartbroken for your trauma & death. You deserved to be a beloved family member…… so sorry you were failed by humans…..

    RIP precious furbaby and please look for MacKitty in Heaven and join him and his snuggle buddies.

  8. Linda says:

    That makes it alright because the puppy will die anyway? why didn’t they just put the puppy to sleep instead of making it suffer in such pain before it was murdered?. I wish that the teacher and anyone that it said was for what the teacher had done also suffer bad luck until they die. Sorry to be harsh but still not as harsh as what this lowlife teacher did.

  9. Sue says:

    Outrageous, but typical of this convoluted world, where acts of kindness and mercy are punished, and institutionalized cruelty is profitable and praised.

  10. Laura says:

    Another sociopath gets off scot free because the victim was “only an animal.” Now let’s all continue to wonder why our educational system damages so many young, impressionable minds and continues to make the world a frightening place to live in if you’re innocent, harmless and worthy of love and life. A majority being amoral, toxic, predatory parasites seems to be people’s goal for the human race. They’ll have to nix the word “human” and replace it with something far more appropriate.

  11. Donna L Hawkins says:

    My god ! Is this “ teacher “ smarter than a turtle! He fed it a innocent puppy in front of children!!! Had these people heard of a veterinarian?!! This is absolutely outrageous!


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