Meet the Staff



L to R: Officer George Deleon, Officer Carla Braden, Dispatcher Lisa Holland, Officer Todd Stosuy, Officer Carlos Montes, and Officer Nicole Ortiz

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Officer Todd Stosuy

Officer Todd Stosuy is the Field Services Manager for the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Todd has two Bachelors degrees from Rutgers University, one in Criminal Justice and the second in Sociology. During and after college Todd worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for an urban Rescue Squad in New Jersey for 4 years before switching careers and becoming a first grade teacher in urban Philadelphia. After working one heartbreaking year in this capacity, he switched modes and spent time volunteering with rescued farmed animals at the Farm Sanctuary in upstate New York. Afterwards he became a Cruelty Caseworker for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and eventually moved to California and became an Animal Control Officer with Santa Cruz County. Todd has been with the Agency since 2003 and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA) since 2008 and was President from 2011-2015).
Officer George Deleon

Officer George Deleon has been an animal control officer with Santa Cruz County since 2006. In this capacity he has also served as the Humane Education Officer. Prior to working for the department, he worked for three years at California Department of Fish and Game as a Scientific Aide and two years at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a Biological technician working on endangered fish projects. Additionally, Officer Deleon worked for over five years as an Animal Control Officer and Humane Education Officer with San Joaquin County. Officer Deleon is married with 3 kids (2 boys and a daughter), a Golden Retriever and 2 cats. Officer DeLeon is a sports fanatic (Raiders, A’s, and Laker fan) and in his time off loves camping, vacationing with the family, and watching his son Alex sing in his band “The Cab.”

Dispatcher Lisa Holland

Lisa Holland is the Field Services Dispatcher for the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. She has worked for the shelter since November of 2005. Prior to being the dispatcher she worked in Client Services and then as an Animal Control Officer. She has a background in Law Enforcement and graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Criminal Justice. While at San Jose State University she worked as a Police Cadet, volunteering her time to assist other students on campus and to assist the University Police Department as needed. Lisa has also taken classes at Cabrillo College and has had training to become a reserve police officer. Lisa has also worked for the District Attorney in Santa Clara County as a photographer and graphic designer at the Crime Lab. Her experience with handling animals is from her prior employment at two pet stores that operated in Santa Cruz County, that mainly concentrated on selling exotic birds and tropical fish. Lisa has owned cats and dogs all of her life. Lisa resides in Rio Del Mar with her husband, three children, two Asian Parakeets, and two cats.

Linda Puzziferro Officer Carlos Montes

Officer Carlos Montes was hired by the department in 2011. Prior to working for Santa Cruz County, Officer Montes was a Humane Law Enforcement Officer for the Monterey SPCA for two years and an Animal Control Officer for the City of Hollister for three years. At the Monterey SPCA he served as the Field Training Officer. Officer Montes has attended the basic and advanced Animal Law Enforcement Academy at the Marin Humane Society, Equine Investigations Academy in Durango Colorado, illegal animal fighting training through HSUS and interview and interrogation training at the SPCA from a retired FBI agent. Officer Montes is bilingual in Spanish and English. Prior to working in law enforcement, Officer Montes was employed with the Monterey SPCA in animal care. 

Office Rudolfo Manriquez

Officer Rodolfo Emilio Manriquez

Officer Manriquez was born and raised in Mexico. He credits his life-long love of animals, especially dogs, to his mother. When he moved to the United States, he started to work in boarding kennel and then in a dog training facility. He has also been a veterinary technician in a general practice then latter at specialty facilities in radiology, dentistry, emergency, and ICU. Officer Manriquez is a CVT, RVT, and CPhT. He spends his free time listening to music, especially rock and roll, going to concerts, and watching his Steelers playing the best football! 

  Officer Brad Gooding

Officer Gooding was born and raised in Stockton, California, lived in Texas for a decade, and recently returned to Santa Cruz where he spent two years of high school at SLV in Felton in the 90’s. He has two years experience as a Veterinary Technician at the Austin Animal Center, another four years with Austin Animal Control, and has attended many hours of educational classes regarding the health/safety of animals and the public over the past ten years. Officer Gooding has two children and one dog, Mia 11 years old, Lucas 5 years old, and Zeus 9 year old German Shepherd that mean the world to him! He of course appreciates helping animals, but also enjoys sports (football, baseball, and basketball), good movies, good friends, and fitness, loves the outdoors and taking in the Paradise that is Santa Cruz. He is a well rounded Officer that can handle or educate the public with finesse when needed and do the same when dealing with more urgent circumstances. His goal is to help the community’s animals, and people alike while enjoying his career/life as an Animal Control Officer.