OAKLAND (AP) — The co-owner of an Orinda-based company that provides brush-clearing goats is defending the company’s practices—while also calling the October discovery of 10 dead animals “horrific.”

Goats R Us is at the center of an animal neglect case in Oakland, where two men have been ordered to stand trial on criminal charges. A judge in November ruled that there was sufficient evidence against 48-year-old Egon Oyarzun and 40-year-old Wilfredo Felix for the men to face trial.

Oyarzun is co-owner of the company. Felix was a herder.

Oyarzun’s wife, Terri, tells the Contra Costa Times that Goats R Us relies on its herders to inform the owners when there’s a problem with the goats.

She says, in 20 years of business, there’s never been any reason not to trust a herder.

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