Humane Society angered by decision to acquit teacher

PRESTON, Idaho (AP/KIDK/KSTU) — The Idaho Humane Society called the Franklin County jury's decision on Friday to find Robert Crosland not guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty a "grievous error in judgment."

Witnesses testifying during Crosland's trial say the Preston Junior High School teacher first tried to feed the living puppy to a large snake last March.

When that failed, the witnesses say Crosland dropped the puppy into the snapping turtle's tank, where the turtle killed and ate it.

During the trial on Friday the jury heard Crosland say in a recorded interview with investigators that he thought he was doing the right thing because the puppy was sick and likely to die.

Meanwhile according to KIDK, the snapping turtle was put down by the Department of Agriculture. Because it is was an invasive species in Idaho and Crosland didn't have a permit at the time.

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