There are few creatures more vile than those who prey on innocent animals and human beings.
We know these freaks of nature who were born with no conscience are always among us, but it still shocks us when they rear their ugly heads and commit atrociously violent acts.
The burning of a live calf on a farm near Lisbon is the most recent case which shocks the sensibility of normal people.
Dousing the defenseless calf with accelerant and lighting it afire is the action of a very sick and cruel human being, or perhaps a group of deranged individuals. We have a hard time imagining what prompted them to perform such a cruel act. Perhaps they did it as a very sick joke. Or maybe they were seeking revenge for some perceived wrong by the cow's owner.
Regardless of what their motive was, this act was committed by a very depraved person or persons.
So far, a total of $9,000 in rewards is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for this barbarism.
We hope anyone with information on this crime will report it to the Columbiana County Sheriff's Department, not just to claim the reward, but because the individual or individuals responsible for this are very sick and pose a dangerous threat to society.