Idaho teacher accused of feeding live puppy turtle faces charges

Junior high teacher Robert Crosland faces responsible for allegedly feeding a dog to a snapping turtle in front of the students.

(Preston School District)

An Idaho teacher accused of feeding a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of a number of high school students was charged Friday with felony animal cruelty.

Preston Junior High School science teacher Robert Crosland faces up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted. The school is in a rural Preston, 2004 teen cult film “Napoleon Dynamite” was set.

The turtle was “humanely killed” after the attachment is levied, reported Friday. The reptiles are regarded as invasive species in Idaho.

The story made headlines all over the world, and many demanded that Crosland can be charged, the news outlet reported.


Crosland reportedly fed the puppy to the turtle in front of three boys after school on 7 March. The mother of two of them told a local newspaper that at the time of the story was blown out of proportion, reported.

“If someone has the right to be upset, it is me,” Farahlyn Hansen said, according to the news outlet. “I’m not angry. I felt like it was the more humane thing for Robert to do anything, only let it (the puppy) to die. … The puppy was dying.”

Preston School District 201 Superintendent Marc Gee called Crosland’s actions “an unfortunate circumstance,” KTVB-TV reported.

Crosland faces an arraignment June 12 in Franklin County.

Try to reach Crosland at the school Friday were not successful, the Associated Press reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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