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Badly-burned Panda the steer finds new home 

By Randol White

burnt FFA steer

Panda as featured on Pioneer Ag Resources.

Here’s an update about Panda the Steer, the badly burned animal that was set on fire last fall during an act of animal cruelty while being housed in a barn at Paso Robles High School. He’ll be heading for greener pastures soon.

A Ventura County woman says she has made a deal with the steer’s owner to buy Panda prior to the upcoming terminal auction at the Mid State Fair. State rules require animals sold at terminal auctions be slaughtered and processed.

Marcy Christmas said she’s already made a down payment of $2,000 on Panda and will complete the transaction next week with an additional $8,000.

“Well, it means a lot to me because when I first read this story, that was the outcome I was hoping for,” said Christmas. “I wanted to pay for the veterinarian bills for the cow but that was paid for by the school and so then I realized that the ultimate destination was going to be slaughter.”

But for now slaughter is not in the steer’s future. Instead, Panda will be sent to an animal sanctuary in Grass Valley called Animal Place.

Read the full story at KCBX

After several months of investigation, the Paso Robles Police Department arrested suspect Garrett Kaplan in June in the case of animal cruelty toward the FFA steer at Paso Robles High School. Read the story here:

An updated look at Panda, now healed and all grown up.

An updated look at Panda, now healed and all grown up.

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