Idaho teacher accused of feeding live puppy to snapping turtle found not guilty
PRESTON, Idaho – A southeast Idaho teacher accused of feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students has been acquitted of misdemeanour animal cruelty.
Media outlets report a Franklin County jury found Robert Crosland not guilty Friday after deliberating for about 30 minutes.
Robert Crosland, left, smiles at his attorney Shane Reichert after he was found not guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty, Jan. 4, 2019.
The charge was filed in June after allegations surfaced that Crosland put the puppy into an aquarium with a turtle at Preston Junior High in March.
Crosland pleaded not guilty in July.
During trial Friday the jury heard Crosland say in a recorded interview with investigators that he thought he was doing the right thing because the puppy was sick and likely to die.
The state Department of Agriculture euthanized the turtle, which Crosland owned. It was an invasive species in Idaho, and he didn’t have a permit for it.
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