school teacher Robert Crosland has been charged with animal cruelty after reportedly
feeding a sick puppy to a turtle in front of his students.
the second investigation of a US high school teacher under the suspicion of
animal cruelty in less than a month - after aFlorida educator drowned raccoons
with his students in May.
for a crime of this nature could include fines not exceeding $5,000, or up to
six months incarceration.
to the Florida case, the investigation was sparked by concerned parents.
some parents have expressed support for Crosland including Farahlyn Hansen who
took to Facebook to argue that the death of the puppy was an act of mercy.
She wrote: "It
was sick, wouldn't accept food, and was dying.
"All of the
three kids that were there felt Robert did the humane and right thing."
informed of the incident, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture euthanized
the turtle, who was a member of a non-native species.