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Thieves targeted a Kahuku farm stealing 23 goats.
Some of the goats that were left behind, bound, and duct taped.
The Pontin family lost not only part of their livelihoods, purebred goats worth about $10,000, but also animals that they loved and cared for.
The baby goats were born just last week.
Keal Pontin and his family have been building up their herd of dairy and meat goats for the past year.
“We noticed that all the gates were untied and half the herd was gone,” Pontin said.
The crime that happened between 8 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday.
Some of the goats left behind had ropes around their necks and duct tape covering their mouths.
“It had to be very traumatic for the animals. They knew that they’d scream, so they were taping their mouths shut and they weren’t small guys. They were huffing them over fences and dragging them down hills,” Pontin said.
Pontin said the thieves left behind a trail of duct tape, with goat fur stuck to it and tire tracks leading back out to Kamehameha Highway.
They said other farms have been hit recently as well.
“It’s not isolated with us. They hit us a lot harder than the other guys,” Pontin said.
Judging by their methods, Pontin said these thieves are no amateurs.
“I’m pretty sure that they sold them for slaughter, which is sad considering that they were pregnant nannies and very friendly nannies at that. So it hurts,” Pontin said.
Many of the missing female goats were due to have babies this week.
“We don’t think its possible, but if we could get our nannies back, that would be the best circumstance,” Pontin said.
The nannies require special care and medication, along with their babies.
Four of the pet goats went missing at the same time as well.
“I hope the community will pull together and try to stop this, and let us legitimate ranchers do their jobs and not buy from crooks,” Pontin said.
A legitimate rancher sells their livestock straight from their farms and the purebred goats typically go for $300 to $400 each.
“It’s sad to say, but I don’t think they sold them for raising. They sold these for cheap to sell to get them off their hands. When you take a hit, it makes us want to pack it up and go home. We’re not going to. We will keep at it. We will get stronger and more secure,” Pontin said.
The Kahuku Goat Farm is offering a reward to anyone who can return their goats or provide information that could lead to the arrest of the thieves. They can be reached at (808) 284-0356.
Anyone with information on this case is urged to call the Honolulu Police Department.