The Peninsula Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals plans on pressing animal cruelty charges against two Portola Valley business owners, after officers on Saturday found 50 goats in poor living conditions.
Saturday’s raid came a day after Peninsula Humane Society seized 200 animals from Laurelwood Pets in San Mateo that were allegedly being kept in similarly unclean and unhealthy conditions. One month ago, PHS seized farm animals from Triple Springs Ranch in Half Moon Bay.
On Saturday, PHS/SPCA Humane Officer Sabrina Castro and Captain of Field Services and Humane Investigations Debi DeNardi found a dead goat inside a horse trailer along with another sick goat belonging to Scott Kulenguskey and Joy Richardson on Alpine Road. Nearby residents reported the dead goat.
Approximately 50 other malnourished, unkempt goats were found in poor conditions in two pens, one of which had no food or water, DeNardi said.
Six of the goats were brought to PHS/SPCA and are being treated for upper respiratory infection, diarrhea and the possible presence of mites.
Kulenguskey and Richardson operate Sustainable Solutions, a business that uses livestock for land management. Stanford University contracted Richardson to put the 50 goats on their property to eat away weeds for fire prevention.
DeNardi noted that both are repeat offenders, recalling two incidents in June involving a goat with an eye injury and another that had to be euthanized.
“We are currently investigating if Kulengusky and Richardson may have more goats and where they are located,” DeNardi said. “We are very interested in knowing the conditions of their other goats.”