Science teacher who fed dying puppy to snapping turtle found not guilty of animal cruelty

Robert Crosland smiles at son Mario Crosland after Robert was found not guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Preston, Idaho. (Associated Press)

A jury has found an Idaho science teacher who fed a dying puppy to a snapping turtle last year not guilty of animal cruelty, according to reports.

The two-day trial of Robert Crosland in Preston, a rural community in the southeastern part of the state, ended Friday after a six-member jury delivered its verdict following 30 minutes of deliberation.

Students testified that they witnessed the puppy being fed to the turtle in March, the Idaho Statesman reported. The puppy was given to Crosland’s son, Mario, by a farmer who said it was sick and dying.

“I honestly thought I was doing the right thing. That’s what’s been so hard in seeing all this because that’s what I’ve been taught my whole life not to let the animal suffer,” Crosland said in a recorded interview presented during the trial.

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