Idaho teacher accused of feeding sick puppy to turtle found not guilty

Idaho teacher accused of feeding sick puppy to turtle found not guilty

Idaho teacher accused of feeding sick puppy to turtle found not guilty

Mr Robert Crosland, who teaches at Preston Junior High School in Idaho, was acquitted of one count of misdemeanour animal cruelty on Friday (Jan 4), according to United States media.

Prosecutor David Morris said the incident occurred in Crosland's classroom at Preston Junior High School, but after normal school hours with four students present.

Robert Crosland, the Preston Junior High School teacher, was charged with a misdemeanor and could have faced 6 months in jail and a $5,000 fine for feeding the newly-born puppy to the turtle in full view of the students in March past year.

A courtroom was full of about 64 people that are all potential jurors for a Utah man charged with a misdemeanor for animal cruelty. He also said he'd previously fed a puppy to a snapping turtle he had a decade ago. Even if the puppy was so sick it was eventually going to die, Crosland should not have fed it to a snapping turtle, especially while still alive.

In a recorded interview with investigators, Crosland said he thought he was doing the right thing for the puppy "by putting it out of its misery", and that was played for the jury Friday, the Idaho State Journal reported.

On March 7, 2018, the teen said Crosland told him he had a sick puppy and asked if the teen wanted to take it home.

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Defense attorneys Reichert and Stratton Laggis called two teachers to the stand.

Crosland's son had testified that he gave his father the puppy, and had in turn received it from a farmer.

Crosland's family supported him from the very beginning.

While the local community seemed to overwhelmingly back the teacher, the prosecution argued that the puppy had suffered during the feeding procedure. Had he been convicted, he could have faced up to six months in jail and a $5,000 (£3,900) fine.

When Crosland appeared in court in July, he pleaded not guilty and his attorney says he believes his client is good. The allegation and resulting investigation from the Idaho Attorney General's Office caught the ire of concerned citizens from across the country, snagged national headlines and prompted a statement from animal-rights group PETA.

"Please sign this petition urging Preston School District Superintendent Marc Gee to fire Crosland now". Despite being charged for the crime, Crosland returned to the classroom last school year. The case was assigned to Hooste.

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