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Paso Robles Man Sentenced in Animal Cruelty Case

24-year-old Garrett Kaplan was sentenced to one year in jail and five years probation in this case of felony animal cruelty. He entered a plea of no contest.

Kaplan was accused of setting a Future Farmers of America (FFA) steer named Panda on fire last October at Paso Robles High School.

Panda went to the terminal auction at the California Mid-State Fair this past summer. A private donor stepped in and offered to buy him for $10,000. Panda now lives at an animal sanctuary in Grass Valley.

Kaplan will begin serving his sentence January 16, 2015.

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