Crosland, charged Friday, now faces up to six months in jail and $5,000 fine if convicted.
Idaho’s attorney general assigned a special prosecutor to the case after a Franklin County prosecutor recused himself because of a conflict of interest, EastIdahoNews.com reported. Preston, Idaho, is about about halfway between Salt Lake City and Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Animal rights activist Jill Parrish filed a police report after hearing about the incident in March, but some students and parents came to Crosland’s defense.
“If it was a deformed puppy that was going to die anyway. Cros(land) is very much circle of life,” parent Annette Salvesen told KSTU-TV, Salt Lake City, in March.
“The event occurred well after students had been dismissed and was not a part of any school-directed program,” Preston School District officials said in a March statement. “We emphasize that at no time was the safety of students or staff compromised.”
Preston, best known for being the town featured in Napoleon Dynamite, has a population of roughly 5,200.
Contributing: William Cummings and Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY. Follow Ryan Miller on Twitter: @RyanW_Miller