Animal rights group reacts to report of teacher feeding puppy to snapping turtle

PRESTON, Idaho (News4Utah) – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a statement about a recent investigation involving an Idaho junior high teacher.

According to reports from, the teacher is accused of feeding a puppy to a snapping turtle.

PETA released the following statement Tuesday:

PETA has learned that witnesses, including students, reportedly watched this teacher place a live puppy into a tank with a snapping turtle, who attacked and nearly cut the dog in half, as the animal screamed. This teacher—who is allegedly known for feeding guinea pigs to reptiles during lessons—is a bully who should not be allowed near impressionable young people. Any youngster who witnessed cruelty in the classroom is now in desperate need of lessons about having empathy for other living beings.

We understand that the case has been forwarded to the prosecutor's office for a review of potential criminal charges, and TeachKind—PETA's humane education division—is urging the school district to take this incident just as seriously.

School district officials would not immediately confirm the report of what exactly happened, but in a news release, the superintendent said they are working to address the issue.

"This is not a situation that is easy, nor do we feel it is a measure that can be taken lightly. As such we ask for patience while appropriate measures are determined and carried out," Marc Gee, Preston School District 201 Superintendent. 

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