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Science teacher accused of feeding puppy to class snapping turtle

Discussion in 'Other Dogs in the News' started by Michele, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    An Idaho teacher is accused of terrifying junior high students by feeding a puppy to the class snapping turtle.

    Robert Crosland is a teacher at Preston Junior High, near the state's border with Utah, and is under investigation for the alleged demonstration after school was over for the day, according to the East Idaho News.

    Local superintendent Marc Gee said in a statement that the incident was not part of a school event and that it was “a regrettable circumstance involving some of the biological specimens.”

    Former students told East Idaho News that Crosland had previously fed guinea pigs to the snakes he keeps in the classroom, though it was not clear if they or the puppy were alive before the teacher decided to feed them to his reptiles and amphibians.

    A release from the school asked parents be patient during an investigation and remember the “years of care, effort and passion” from Crosland.

    Robert Crosland is under investigation though school authorities urged parents to remember his years of service.
    Local animal activist Jill Parrish told KSTU that she had filed a police report about the alleged incident.

    Parents told the station that the puppy was deformed and going to die soon anyway, with one adding that Crosland's actions were “very much circle of life.

  2. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    What the hell...?!!!?
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  3. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    There are plenty of deformed pups that can live out their lives very happy. Circle of life?? I'm afraid for the children of these parents.
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  4. What's the big deal if he fed it to a turtle.
  5. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    If the pup was alive it is a big deal. Well, at least to me it is.
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  6. Worg

    Worg Big Dog

    Going to die anyway? Then euthanize without chemicals and feed the turtle, pretty simple. Why add more pain the the poor pups existence? In front of kids too.
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  7. I don't see it being different than my dogs eating rabbits, squirrels or any other animal they get a hold of or wild animals doing it. And I'm also not a supporter of deformities or all dogs matter. If I had a clearly deformed puppy and a turtle or alligator or snake that would eat it I'd be feeding it. I didn't see in the post how old the puppy was or what the deformity is either. But at the end of the day I don't think what he did was wrong or should potentially impact his life negatively.
  8. Worg

    Worg Big Dog

    It's human interference, if it's possible to reduce suffering it should be done. Setting a dog or any animal up against another animal with no defense is anything but natural. In nature a baby animal, such as a puppy, would have it's mother as a defense. Canines are also not natural prey for turtles. Theres nothing wrong with euthanizing a faulty puppy, but giving it to another animal that is not a natural predator to them with the result of an incredibly slow painful death is not ethical.

    Edit: same can be said for a dog put against prey, if said prey is tied up or fenced in that is against the tradition and ethical practice of fair game. Like grandma Walton said "a sitting still bird? You shot a sitting still bird?"
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  9. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    If your kid was in that class and that man fed a LIVE dog to a turtle, I would think your kid would be a little upset by that.
  10. Eden86

    Eden86 Little Dog

    Seriously? What is wrong with people? Last I checked a snapping turtle will eat carrion so just throw it some roadkill. How is a puppy this guys go to? Deformed or not that’s seriously fucked, especially if kids saw it.
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  11. ETRaven2

    ETRaven2 Big Dog

    Agreed. I'm all for culling when necessary, but not that way. Kids should not witness a human feeding a live animal to another animal. My kids have seen the dogs kill birds and squirrels, but like worg said, it's different from human interference.

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