OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An Alameda County judge has ordered two men connected to a company that provides brush-clearing goats to stand trial on charges of animal neglect.

Prosecutors told the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday that Judge Paul Fogel found at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing 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 Orinda-based Goats R Us. Felix was a herder with the company.

The two men were arrested after animal control officers say they found 10 of the company’s goats dead in October in Oakland.

Terri Oyarzun, Egon’s wife and the other owner of Goats R Us, called the incident heartbreaking and isolated. She said the company has since hired a herd health manager to keep an extra eye on its herds.

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