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The Idaho Humane Society issued the following statement about the Robert Crosland not guilty verdict:
Drowning an injured or ill animal in the manner and under the circumstances that were found to have occurred in this case was an act of wanton cruelty. There is a long history of successful prosecutions in Idaho for such acts committed upon animals, including acts and omissions far less severe. While we are outraged and saddened at the grievous error in judgment by the jury in this case, sadists who perpetuate acts of violence against helpless animals would be foolish to be emboldened by this recent and anomalous miscarriage of justice. Enforcement of our cruelty statutes will continue, competent prosecutions for such acts will continue, and rational, compassionate juries throughout the State of Idaho will continue to render guilty verdicts upon the perpetrators of such acts as they have for decades. This travesty does not create any new precedence for allowing cruelty but rather, will undoubtedly serve as a rallying cry for those who care passionately about the welfare of animals to renew their efforts in communities throughout Idaho to ensure vigorous enforcement of our cruelty laws and to improve these laws both at the state level as well as locally. Additionally, this verdict will no doubt bring both national and even international condemnation of Idaho’s laws and the reputation of Idaho in general.
Fox 13 News Reports:
“PRESTON, Idaho –The defense attorney for Robert Crosland said in an opening statement Friday his team is not disputing that Mr. Crosland fed a puppy to a snapping turtle.
However, Stratton Laggis said of the incident, “We don’t believe a crime was committed.”
Late Friday afternoon, Crosland was found not guilty of animal cruelty.
Crosland had been charged in Franklin County, Idaho, with misdemeanor animal cruelty after local residents reported him to police for feeding a sick, dying puppy to a snapping turtle.”