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


93 Comments

  1. Scott Braziller says:

    Makes me sick the way this a-hole treated these helpless animals. What’s wrong with people!

  2. so there are so QUICK to put an animal down, but will hesitate when the animal is suffering????WTF??? so a human has to go to jail for killing another human or harming them, but when it comes to an animal, it is just pay a fine and you are free to go??? what the hell is wrong with this judicial system? animals have souls, heart and love just as humans & they deserve to be treated with dignity. why isn’t the law stronger & caring about our animals? do they just don’t count in our world and do not deserve justice? for God’s sake, why can’t we enforce harsher punishment to our animals. they are at the mercy of ignorant humans and yet they have to pay the higher price end the end…this world is f***d up really bad..karma will come for you soon..an eye for an eye.

    • Brenda Burke says:

      Be Karma. I often wonder how many of the righteously outraged people do anything for animals. If signing petitions is all then so be it. But there is so much more anyone can do and it costs nothing and can help overwhelmed real shelters so much.

  3. that creep should be in jail

  4. I couldn’t even read this, just PLEASE let justice be served for these poor babies who cannot speak for themselves.💔

  5. SHUT DOWN THAT HELLHOLE AND ARREST EVERYONE THAT WORKS THERE.WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG W PEOPLE,THERE EVIL AND NEEDS TO PAY FOR WHAT THEY DID.IT’S AMAZING TO ME HOW MANY DERANGED SCUMBAGS HAVE ACCESS TO THESE POOR INNOCENT ANIMALS.

  6. Rabdy Skaggs should have been behind bars and banned from ever being near any animal. He is a sadistic criminal yet was allowed to continue his abuse?!! . The backward third world mentality of Kentucky’s ignorant judicial system should also be to blame. Arrest the judge who didn’t put this subhuman Randy skaggs behind bars.!!
    If this scum walks the streets again, I hope some animal Vigilante will go affter him and do to him what he truly deserves! B

  7. Rose Coffey says:

    OMG – put this guy away. I can’t believe our legal system – how could you let someone like this Skaggs creep be around any animals when he’s already awaiting trial for his horrible deeds performed before this time around.

  8. This man should be hanged, buts thats still to good for him.

  9. val Gaffney says:

    Why was this piece of shit allowed to open another shelter ? Where were the authorities for christs sake This time do your job and make sure this man never goes near an animal again – Better still kill the bastard!

  10. Paige woodall says:

    How can a county attorney that represents the public
    Allow a criminal like Skaggs roam around looking for more victims which could include children

    Paige woidall

  11. Renata Kuchinsky says:

    I don’t believe this rotten monster and whoever else is responsible for such terrible cruelty should ever walk on this Earth. Harshest punishment possible. I wish Karma makes a swift revenge and gets them exactly what they deserve.

  12. OMG, I am sickened, repulsed and mad as hell about this. How and why did this happen again. Heads must roll over this. NO ANIMAL DESERVES THIS ABUSE AND TORTURE EVER. WE THE PUBLIC DEMAND JUSTICE FOR THESE POOR ANIMALS AND WE ARE WATCHING TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS THIS TIME. Put this monster under the jail, close the shelter for good, help the animals and pass laws to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

    WE THE PUBLIC ARE WATCHING AND TO MAKE SURE PUNISHMENT AND JUSTICE IS GOTTEN FOR THESE ANIMALS.

    CALL ALDF THIS AGENCY HELPS PUNISH THESE MONSTERS BY HELPING PASS STRICT LAWS AND MAKING SURE THEY ARE ENFORCED!

  13. jiggabongo says:

    this is the kind of inbred scum that voted for trump. kill this piece of shit

  14. The abusers should be punished publicly.

  15. Manuela Lopez says:

    WE finally have a law that law enforcement does not use. They can’t be bothered with justice for animals.

  16. This is not acceptable, DO YOUR JOB MR. DA!!!!!!!

  17. This is totally absolutely horrid . This should have never ever happened . What’s wrong with the law enforcement there ?? They need to wake up . Protection and justice is for animals too not the low life pos that did this . This is very plain, he’s guilty. He doesn’t need a trial . Put his ass in prison .

  18. Eva Langston says:

    I signed multiple petitions about repeat abusers from Kentucky, because they never seem to get punished for their crimes, especially where animals are concerned. The same pattern has been showing up for a lot of the southern states. There are laws against animal abuse, but the people enforcing them have to be serious about doing their jobs.

  19. This Mr Lewis who ever he is should also be charged!He is a coward and monster- non- caring! Karma to Lewis and the owner who did these monstrous things!May their children suffer similar fates as those helpless animals at the hands of these scum!

  20. Kentucky and all the other states that allow this, get your A** in gear and start putting an end to this and don’t forget about those d**n puppy mills as well. Close them all!!!!!

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