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. Rotten yankee piece of shit. Let us hope you all act on your rights and C19 fks you all.

    • What the hell does YANKEE have to do with the fact that the person was a piece of shit? This is about abuse done to animals, not the Civil War. Yeah, I know kentucky was considered Yankee even though it is a Southern state. WTF does that have to do with THIS ISSUE????

  2. Zara! Tubman says:

    A no kill shelter? More like a kill shelter

  3. J. Martin says:

    In my opinion the whole damn staff at that fucking place .. needs to be eradicated from existence. Torture the fuckers, leave their injuries unattended and let them DIE!!!

  4. Randy Skaggs Is a POS SCUMBAG that needs to be put in prison NOW. Kentucky needs to do animal welfare checks rather than entrusting trash to run shelters!!! What a shitty state!

  5. Great job on providing these poor animals with shelter, food, water and love assholes!

  6. Why in the name of f**k was this worthless pos allowed anywhere near any animal? How dare Kentucky allow him to be free we know his name(unfortunately i live in the uk and can’thelp you) i hope animal lovers find him before the so called justice system does and then he will get his proper punishment nasty piece of human filth

  7. Why is this rat bastard still on this job?? What are they waiting for? Some kind of proof that he isn’t fit to shovel manure, much less take care of animals? Get him out of there and make sure he never EVER gets close enough to another animal to recognize the species. He isn’t fit to live.

  8. What else can an out of staten person due to see that this POS is fined heavily and locked away indefinitely???? This is unbelievably disgusting and illegal to have allowed this scum to operate and to get away with causing so much pain and horror to so many defenseless animals.

  9. Michelle Stewart says:

    That bastard and everyone else involved must be executed. All those animals that are still there must be rescued and given to other various shelters. This place must be shut down immediately. The guy and others must be banned for life of owning or going near any animals ever again. And all of them must be banned from owning another shelter, or working with any animals

    • Utterly heartbreaking and shocking. What in God’s name is wrong with the authorities in Kentucky?? You sat back and allowed this sub human murdering filth to continue his horrific crimes. It’s beyond imagination how they must have suffered – a living nightmare day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year in this hell hole. This Nazi monster should be EXECUTED along with the monsters who assisted him at this death camp! And every one of the incompetent, useless pricks in Elliot County who DID NOTHING are complicit in this evil. You all have death and unspeakable suffering on your hands and are as guilty as the murderer!! You should be SACKED immediately and never allowed to work in this field again. You were responsible for the WELFARE of these animals and you did the exact opposite of your jobs. You let them suffer and die horrifically!! You don’t have a fucking clue or a pair of balls between you! You failed all of these animals in the most despicable way and you should answer for these horrific failings. Shame, shame, shame on every last shitty, soulless, worthless one of you. America, you must learn lessons from this heartbreaking, epic failure so that these poor animals did not die in vain. Get your pathetic, sorry and shameful act together.

  10. sharrudyk@shaw.ca says:

    Do EVERYTHING back to this man that he put upon these poor innocent, VOICELESS animals!!!!

  11. There is a special place in HELL for trash like this!!! Karma is a B—-and so can caring people who adore animals get their JUSTICE!!! Any and all animals who are there need to be SAVED IMMEDIATELY!!! Place then in good homes or other proper no kill shelters and get them the medical help they need.~SKAGGS WAS A KNOWN ABUSER-WHY WAS HE PERMITTED TO CONTINUE THERE and other workers had no idea of what was happening???????????? ALL are guilty as sin, close down this Hell Hole now. Why is Scaggs still free???? JUSTICE DEMANNDED!~

  12. PAMELA J HENGST says:

    Sickening. I agree all employees and the trashy owner need prison time!None should ever be allowed to be near an animal, much less own one, ever again. All are heartless and cruel cowards. Poor animals, RIP. Those who lived through this Hell on earth must be very carefully placed in loving forever homes.

    • I agree with everything you said, Pamela. People who abuse animals like this, should suffer the same fate. Hopefully, those who survived thus will find a loving home. Mr. Scaggs should be licked up for life.

  13. Nadine brundage says:

    Mr Skaggs is a pathetic piece of shit and should be flung in jail for numerous counts of animal cruelty. What the hell kind of person takes on all these animals and let them die a horrific death from neglect. I’m sure lots of people knew and witnessed what was going on in that place of horrors. This asshole was already brought up on charges before,so why is this cruelty continuing? What is wrong with the state of Kentucky allowing this to go on.? Weak judges, weak judicial system?

  14. What the fuck is happening in America that they allow this dirty low life scumbag to keep working in the shelter and now he’s walking free .I really hope to fuck the scumbag gets what it deserves

  15. Maria Bertrand says:

    Utterly beyond any belief how the law let this SOB scum continue to work with innocent animals. IF YOU ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN YOU ARE JUST AS GUILTY AND I HOPE YOU GET ALL YOU DESERVE.

    HOW IN GOD’S NAME CAN THIS EVIL DEVIL STILL BE FREE. I AM DEMANDING JUSTICE NOW FOR ALL THE INNOCENT ANIMALS THAT SUFFERED AT THE HANDS OF Skaggs AND ANY ARSE WHO LET HIM CONTINUE KNOWING FULL WELL WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THIS CHAMBER OF HELL. YOU NEED TO ALL PAY. SO I HOPE IT COMES.

    I AM DEMANDING MURDER CHARGES IN THE FIRST DEGREE.

    I AM ASKING THAT ALL THE ANIMALS BE RESCUED, GET FULL MEDICAL ATTENTION AND THEN GO TO VETTED WORTHY FOREVER HOMES. TO ALL THE INNOCENT ANGELS THAT HAVE GONE TO HEAVEN …YOUR DESERVING JOY AWAITS!

  16. WTF kind of 3rd world country is the United States? There is nothing human about these filthy ba$tard$. Anyone who have/had anything to do with this needs the same treatment then left to die in a their own rotting skin in a locked cage. Enough of the slaps on the hand for animal abuse.

  17. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    This monster must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for MULTIPLE COUNTS of animal abuse and egregious cruelty NOW. His license must be REVOKED, he must be made to PAY ALL VET BILLS to restore these animals to full health, and he must be BANNED from EVER owning, caring for or working with ANY animals ever again. All others working there must be charged as accomplices. Finally, this place must be SHUT DOWN and all animals relocated to responsible shelters.

  18. Donna E. Szlosek says:

    This sick shit should be hung !!!!

  19. Jaime Perez says:

    This worthless POS needs his freaking a** kicked and he needs to spend the rest of his miserable life in jail. There is no excuse for this heinous treatment of innocent animals.

  20. This should have never been allowed to happen and definitely not continue. I signed this petition and e-mailed the Governor. I am not sure it will help but the more it is talked about… the better.

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