Idaho high school teacher Robert Crosland has been charged with animal cruelty after reportedly feeding a sick puppy to a turtle in front of his students.
This marks 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.
Repercussion for a crime of this nature could include fines not exceeding $5,000, or up to six months incarceration.
Similarly to the Florida case, the investigation was sparked by concerned parents.
However, 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."
After being informed of the incident, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture euthanized the turtle, who was a member of a non-native species.
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