H-PASO ROBLES

Oct 29, 2013 7:35 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

Local FFA student's steer set on fire

Paso Robles police are looking for clues to find out who set a steer on fire. It happened over the weekend at the Paso Robles High School agriculture barn. The five-month old steer was found by its owner on Saturday morning around 8:00 when he stopped by to feed the animal. He was obviously startled and immediately called police. A student who is part of the national FFA organization, formally known as Future Farmers of America, was raising the steer. Police say someone broke into the campus sometime between 4:30 pm Friday and when the owner arrived 15 hours later Saturday morning. Police say the barn itself was not damaged, nor were any other animals hurt; however, the steer received significant burns to its face. It's expected to survive. KSBY asked police how this could happen and if there is security on the weekends to prevent situations like this. "Well there's potentially security measures in place or that could be put in place that could deter this type of activity," said Lt. Tim Murphy with Paso Robles PD. "But if someone is of the mind to go commit criminal activity they will do what they need to do to get that done." Police told KSBY they are examining evidence found at the scene but did not tell us what that evidence was. Police added they take this very seriously, and if the person who did this is caught, they could face a felony animal cruelty charge as well as monetary fines and penalties. The steer is currently being cared for at the owner's property by personal veterinarians.

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