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Idaho teacher accused of animal cruelty in snapping turtle case pleads not guilty

According to KIFI-TV, Robert Crosland made his initial court appearance in Franklin County court. (KIFI File Photo)

An eastern Idaho teacher accused of animal cruelty has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Robert Crosland made his initial court appearance in Franklin County court on Tuesday.

The teacher reportedly fed a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of a handful of students earlier this year, prompting conversation and headlines across the country.

The turtle was eventually euthanized.

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture says snapping turtles are an invasive species to the Gem State. He faces up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

A trial has been scheduled for Oct. 26, KIFI reports.


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