PRESTON, Idaho (ABC4 News) – A teacher facing animal cruelty charges after a classroom demonstration was found not guilty Friday.
Robert Crosland is the biology teacher at Preston Junior High School. He was charged with animal cruelty after court documents said he fed a live puppy to snapping turtle during a classroom demonstration.
According to ABC4 sister station in Idaho Falls, KIFI, Crosland obtained the puppy from a farmer that said it was sick and dying.
In a recording of an interview with investigators, Crosland said, “I honestly thought I was doing the right thing by putting it out of its misery.”
After the state rested its case Friday, the defense moved to have the case be dismissed based on the lack of evidence that the puppy suffered.
They said when the puppy was put in the water with the turtle, it paddled a few times, and then the turtle grabbed it and pulled it under the water. The turtle drowned the puppy before it started eating the dog.
After deliberating for about 30 minutes, a jury found Crosland not guilty.