Robert Crosland, a teacher at Preston Junior High School in the city of Preston, never disputed that he fed the puppy to his classroom turtle back in March, Fox 13 Salt Lake City reports. Crosland and his defense contended that the incident was a humane act of mercy toward the puppy, which he said was very ill and near death.
“I honestly thought I was doing the right thing by putting it out of its misery,” said Crosland in a recorded interview played during his two-day trial, according to local news station KIFI. The teacher was facing one charge of misdemeanor animal cruelty.
Crosland said that he had the sick puppy because his son, Mario Crosland, had gotten the animal from a local farmer whose dog had given birth and believed the puppies were taxing the mother’s health, according to East Idaho News. Mario Crosland testified that the puppy was very sick and refused to eat, and he believed that the dog’s death was imminent. That’s when Robert Crosland decided he would feed the puppy to one of his classroom animals.
The feeding happened after…