Good on the updates all. It was a bad action by the teacher, that sadly(I don't agree with either but am assuming officials didn't see any other
option) resulting in the turtle's demise as well.
No, the teacher is not a Vet, but a Biology teacher, still by law not qualified to euthanize a canine in the State of Idaho(and most states actually).
Canines are protected under Idaho State animal protection laws, cats are not for example and can be treated as livestock in the same situation. As I
mentioned earlier on Animal protection laws in the state are new.
This debate overall is rather new territory for the state, while the teacher is beloved by many locals, not all and the law will come first on this
one. Which should be a law taken into consideration as opposed to being abhorred against, being new for example it's helping to deal with cases of
animal abusers which we're not reprimanded before.
Yes, it is confirmed that the social media message is from the mom of kid's witnessing the action by the teacher.
The earlier question about what is a humane? There's a difference between feeding the live puppy to the turtle, being copped in half and in pain as
opposed to a form of euthanasia. Depending on size, you'd have to take into consideration the side of the gun for many reasons on an
infantile(smaller) puppy. Vet prescribed phenobarbital, other barbiturates,etc.* are the most humane method for companion animals. Even those are
not full proof at times(as a non related example seen currently with death row inmate complications.), same with other methods of this-such as the gun
*Animal medication are not BigPharma run as they are with humans. A large percent of animal conditions are caused by what they eat, so the
revenue exists in prescription foods rather than Big Pharma Chemicals.
The question about the turtles death “Officials from the southeast region of the Department of Fish and Game took the turtle and gave it to the
Department of Agriculture.” -
Which, yes, has Veterinarians - See here.
Also, reports say the puppy did yelp while was bitten in half, alluding to while dying still cognitive enough to feel pain.
About the puppy being sick/ and shared as deformed:
No sources have confirmed the following but due to veterinary experience I assume the puppy( medium/large farm dog said by sources guessing maybe a
Great Pyrenees or Broader Collie or other protection/herding breed) likely had a cleft palette which inhibits suckling, without feeding earlier on
the colostrum-full of protective antibodies for the immune system- from it's mother and or surgery there's not much that can be done. Thus as why
instinctively the mother pushes them out of the nest(also reported).
That however, does not dismiss the teacher's action which should have been dealt with by a trained professional, rather than giving kids an "edgy"
show of a less likely scenario of an infant dog in the wild being eaten by a turtle.
edit on 16-3-2018 by dreamingawake because: (no reason given)
edit on 16-3-2018 by dreamingawake because: clarifying