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Idaho teacher accused of feeding puppy to snapping turtle charged with animal cruelty

According to online court records, Robert Crosland, was charged on Friday. (KIFI File Photo)

A biology teacher at Preston Junior High School in eastern Idaho has been charged with animal cruelty.

According to online court records, Robert Crosland was charged on Friday. The teacher reportedly fed the puppy to the turtle in front of a handful of students earlier this year, prompting conversation and headlines across the country.

The turtle was eventually euthanized. A message was left with the Preston School District, which closed for the summer May 24.

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture says snapping turtles are an invasive species to the Gem State. The Idaho Attorney General's Office told KBOI 2News that it would not comment as the case is pending.

He faces up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

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