Man arrested for burning steer at Paso Robles High School

June 3, 2014
Garrett Kaplan

Garret Kaplan

Seven months after someone doused a steer with lighter fluid and then set fire to it at the Paso Robles High School agriculture barn, police have made an arrest in the animal cruelty case.

On October 26, the owner of the steer found his burnt animal. The steer suffered significant burns but survived.

Paso Robles police investigated the incident for months, and on Friday, arrested 23-year-old Garrett Kaplan for animal cruelty.

Prior to the arrest, detectives interviewed several witnesses and collected evidence. Police forwarded their findings to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office, which filed a criminal complaint and issued a warrant for Kaplan’s arrest.

Police officers arrested Kaplan at around 7 p.m. Friday in the 1100 block of Dorothy Street in Paso Robles. Officers then booked him in San Luis Obispo County Jail.

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He should have some kind of predator listing on his rap sheet for life. Very strange behavior.

Hope to see a prison sentence!

Mr Kaplan, watch your back…they love guys like you in the Gray Bar Motel.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…and her name is Karma.

Kudos to the PRPD.


He doused a steer with lighter fluid and set it afire? That is the kind of “stepping-stone” activity that we hear about ending up with the likes of Jeffrey Dahmer.

The following is information published by KEYT:

A Paso Robles man was arrested Friday on charges of animal cruelty after a steer was set on fire at Paso Robles High School.

The 5-month old animal was part of the former FFA program and was housed on the high school campus. It received significant burn injuries but did survive with extensive medical treatment.

Garrett Kaplan, 23 was arrested by Paso Robles police on Friday. In a news release issued Monday, police said the arrest followed months of investigation and interviews with people associated with the animal.

The charges against Kaplan are felonies. He was booked into the San Luis Obispo County jail after his arrest.”

Absolutely correct. Torture of animals is a gateway for future serial killers. Who in the world would do such an insane thing, not to mention the recklessness of fire in these dry conditions.

Give him a lobotomy or I guarantee well be hearing from this loser again.