Shelter Animals Reportedly With Untreated Tumors, Infections and ‘Jaw Rotting Out Waiting to Die’ Deserve Justice

Target: John D. Lewis, Elliot County Attorney

Goal: Charge already-accused animal abuser with additional counts in alleged neglect of 109 shelter animals.

A Kentucky “no-kill” animal shelter advertised as “the best kept-secret in animal welfare” allegedly became a torture chamber of animal cruelty and death for over 100 defenseless cats and dogs. Authorities responded to multiple complaints of reported negligence and abuse at Elliot County’s Trixie Foundation Animal Shelter. On the premises, they reportedly discovered scores of suffering animals living in seeming squalor with horrid infections and tumors, some barely alive, requiring immediate euthanization. About eight already-deceased animals were apparently found in the shelter’s freezer, stored next to food, an inexcusable disposal the owner attributed to a “high workload.”

Rescue volunteers sadly report that more animals will likely need to be euthanized because of their advanced health deterioration. A harrowing description of one of the dogs symbolizes the grave conditions these animals apparently endured: “she is beyond filthy, she is matted, she has advanced, advanced dental disease, it looks like her jaw is literally rotting out, she is blind and she is deaf, and she is caked with mud, so this little one was been laying there, waiting to die.”

The worst part of this tragedy is that it may have never happened if the broken legal system had done its job sooner. In 2018, shelter owner Randy Skaggs was charged with over 300 counts of animal cruelty and related charges, with his trial scheduled to take place in June. In this interim time, Skaggs was allowed to continue putting hundreds of animals at risk by operating the shelter, and now here we are. Even today, Skaggs is a free man, as he was only cited by authorities, not arrested.

Sign this petition to demand justice for all the animals that have reportedly fallen victim to pervasive animal cruelty permitted and enabled for far too long.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Lewis,

Would you let a man accused of hundreds of counts of domestic violence to run a battered women’s shelter? Would you be fine with employing an under-suspicion pedophile at a daycare center? The answers to these questions seem obvious. Yet, for the past two years Elliot County allowed Randy Skaggs, a man awaiting trial for 300-plus counts of animal cruelty and related charges, to operate the Trixie Foundation Animal Shelter. Now, this man may have hundreds more “incidents” added to his tally.

The 109 cats and dogs rescued from Skaggs’ “no-kill shelter” deserved the top-notch care this man promised, but instead they reportedly received tumors, infections, and the supposed care of being dumped in a freezer when they finally succumbed to their apparently miserable conditions. Why was this man not arrested? Why was he not restricted from potentially putting more animals in danger in the first place?

You must do better, for these survivors and for all future victims of cruelty. Please charge and prosecute Randy Skaggs to the fullest extent of the law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Elliot County




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91 Comments

  1. Why the fuck had judges let him run a shelter while he had such an atrocious history of animal neglect????? You’re all inbred red necks in Kentucky. Don’t belong in the current world. The judge needs a vigilante pack put on him – we know what real justice is …….

    • Are you correct. Abusers don’t change, at least not in the foreseeable future. It takes years of therapy and our government has no wish to assist those who are mentally ill, in a minor or major way.

  2. Jose Espino says:

    Again, another case of a shitty weak justice system. Take each and everyone of these abusers, everyone, even if you just swept the floor there you are included. Take them and besides an appropiate jail time, give them a fine that would take them ten years to pay off. If a lawyer is hired fine the lawyer too. It is a good way to prevent similar future issues of this kind and a damed well deserved lawful punishment. Or save all the shitty weak justice system time,taxpayers money and beat the hell out of them.

  3. ANIMALS SHALL NOT BE VICTIMS OF HUMAN SADISTS!  This LOWLIFE must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and NEVER EVER BE ALLOWED TO OWN ANIMALS AGAIN! Animal abusers are DEHUMANIZED, DESENSITIZED, SADISTIC and PSYCHOPATHIC MONSTERS and should get the HARSHEST PUNISHMENT possible. This totally WORTHLESS SUBHUMAN SCUMBAG must be either IMPRISONED for LIFE or sentenced to DEATH so that our Earth will become a BETTER PLACE to LIVE!  SHAME!!  SHAME!!  SHAME on sickening animal abusers and criminal scumbags!
    Acts of violence like this have NO PLACE in our communities and CANNOT BE IGNORED. ANIMAL CRUELTY needs to be taken as seriously AS any HUMAN VIOLENCE. Animals SHALL NOT BE VICTIMS — and they deserve JUSTICE just like YOU and ME.  

  4. refusing to help these poor animal is an total act of human cruelty

  5. Shirley Lemieux says:

    It is pretty sad when attorneys who are meant to prosecute criminal cases fail to do so. It makes absolutely no sense at all that Randy Skaggs was charged with over 300 counts of animal cruelty in 2018, was never arrested, and was able to continue operating his shelter. Talk about a system failure. You can thank the Attorneys who failed and neglected to protect these animals. Randy Skaggs not only is responsible for all this animal cruelty but the Attorneys are the ones who contributed to it as well.

  6. Agree all comments these cruel bastards do the same to them justice now for these animals

  7. Elizabeth Story says:

    Previously charged with over 300 counts of animal cruelty and related charges and being permitted to continue to operate, resulting in so much more suffering at this “shelter” is preposterous. This person must be held accountable. Furthermore his license to operate should be revoked immediately.

  8. JORGE LESCANO says:

    Shut “the shelter” down!. Death penalty for bastard killer, SOB!
    +RIP cats and dogs. Justice!

  9. Julia Edinger says:

    PERFECT EXAMPLE OF A “ EVIL BASTARD “ THAT SHOULD BE HUNG BY THE NEAREST TREE WHERE HE “ F***ING* DOES NOT WORK TO HELP GOD’S PRECIOUS ANIMALS !!!!
    THISE INNOCENCE SOUL’S DESERVE JUSTICE ,,,, ASAP !!!.

  10. Rednecks are the biggest abusers & murderers of all kinds of Animals… They are everywhere, starting right at the top,,, Governments,big business down to the lower end,, all the slaughterhouse workers, many cruel farmers, farm hands (usually ex criminals) transporters, cowboys, hunters of all kinds,,, I could go on all day…. They are all evil, Animal & environmental destroyers!!! And all the pricks with the power to punish them all,,, don’t,,, because they are redneck scum themselves. Absolutely NO compassion or thought as to how much unimaginable suffering Animals are forced to endure at their hands…. Hands of evil need slaughtering, ALL INVOLVED. Fuck them all to hell.
    R.I.P All Animals xxxxxxxxxx

  11. RENA VAN STEELE says:

    AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN,…THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM IS AN UTTER AND DIRE FAILURE IN SO MANY WAYS IT MAKES MY BLOOD BOIL WITH DISGUST AND DISTAIN. JUDICIAL SYSTEMS FAIL ANIMALS IN ….EVERY FUCKING WAY POSSIBLE,…AND HAVE FOR DECADES. NOTHING CHANGES. NO FOLLOWUP ON THIS SICK PIECE OF SHIT!!! AFTER WHAT,… A 25 DOLLAR FINE THAT WELFARE PAYS FOR. I HOLD THESE FUCKING LOOSERS (FIRE THEIR ASSES NOW!!!!!) THAT BEING THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM FULLY ACCOUNTABLE. U MAKE ME SICK WITH DISGUST!!!!!

  12. You can be assured, if the LUNATIC-IN-CHARGE was to be re-elected (MY WORST NIGHTMARE), he would remove the protections for our animal kingdom, as he has as much respect for them, as he does for people.

  13. Not only does this piece of human filth need to be executed, but also all the morons who knowingly put him in charge of helpless animals and enabled him to torture animals. Put the human legislators and moron judges in the cages to rot.

  14. What a piece of scum!!! If the fu&#ing can’t do their job, than maybe the people should take over!!! There is no justice good enough for this POS or The Judge that lets this continue. They both deserve nothing but the best!!! A Slowww miserable death!!!

  15. Janet Garraghan says:

    I am literally astonished by this case! How the hell was anyone with previous cruelty allowed to even be anywhere near an animal never mind own an animal but to RUN an animal shelter! What are you people on, what are you doing! Arrest this disgraceful POS now! What are the authorities doing there! Step up to your responsibilities you stupid, thick, idiotic imbeciles! Do your jobs! You’re complicit in this abuse, torture and murder! You allowed it to happen right under your noses! These poor animals suffered immensely because of you!!! Do you not even have an ounce of compassion in you! Unbelievable!!!!!!!

  16. disgusting son of a bitch – too lazy – too brutal – without empathy – without character – a pathetic mass murderer
    this monster hangs up

  17. You have the death penalty in America use it!!!

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