Idaho teacher accused of feeding dog to turtle found not guilty


    (Eli Lucero/Herald Journal)

    The Idaho teacher accused of feeding a live puppy to a turtle has been found not guilty according to KIFI News.

    Robert Crosland teaches biology at Preston Junior High. Prosecutors say he fed a sick puppy to a snapping turtle after school in front of some students in March 2018.

    The jury was selected on Thursday and is made of five men and five women.

    On Friday, both sides had their first chance to make their case.

    According to KIFI, the puppy was said to be sick and Crosland said, “I honestly thought I was doing the right thing by putting it out of its misery."

    Turtle was eventually euthanized.

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture in a statement said snapping turtles are an invasive species in Idaho requiring a permit.

    Crosland was charged with animal cruelty and pleaded not guilty and faced a two-day jury trial at the Franklin County Courthouse in Preston, a rural community of about 5,300 people.

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