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. Terri Manabe says:

    UNEXCUSEABLE, WRONG, CRUEL what kind of laws protect the f&*ing son of a bitch (Randy Skaggs) who does this to dogs and cats. Needless to say it’s suppose to be a NO KILL SHELTER, but that’s TOTAL BULLSHIT. All this asshole did was make these dogs & cats suffer slow and painful deaths. Apparently didn’t give a shit about caring for these animals, especially not when so many will die and have had to be put down because of such NEGLECT. This son of a bitch f**er better get the punishment he deserves. There is no tip toeing around this case. This bastard NEEDS TO BE PUT AWAY AND NEVER EVER GET TO OWN ANOTHER ANIMAL IN HIS purtied life time. Put this asshole F&*er away and throw the key in the ocean. Put this asshole in the ground, 6 feet with no food or water…a let him rot like the puss he is. I’m so PISSED OFF RIGHT NOW hearing this could have all be avoided if THE LAW DID WHAT THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE. This is on the LAW in Elliot County. You ELLIOT county NEGLECTED AND MADE THESE ANIMALS SUFFER HEINOUSLY AND FOR THIS YOUR ARE ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT HAPPENED. You should have acted when you had the chance in 2018 but decided to look the other way and let this SOB go. I’m so sick of it all. JUSTICE FOR ALL THOSE ANIMALS THAT SUFFERED AND DIED because of Elliott County and This motherf*&ker.

    • Thetruthis Notalways Whatitseems says:

      Until someone runs a shelter themselves, they don’t know what it’s like and how insane people twist things around. Look at the lead of this petition, for example. It said, “one dog’s jaw was literally rotting out on the ground.” But when you read the actual story, it was a “volunteer” who said the dogs teeth were so bad it was “like” the jaw was rotting out. So a “volunteer” who is not a medical professional makes an exaggerated hyperbole about a dog and suddenly everyone takes it as the truth and you want to hang this guy who was helping dogs in Kentucky of all places. I bet that’s a tough, thankless job that he did with a pure heart. If it was a volunteer, why didn’t she do something about it? None of this story makes sense.
      Why do I say this? I don’t know these people. But more than one great rescuer that I know has been taken down by other insane rescuers and the scripts always read like this. Instead of helping if he was overwhelmed, they attack. They are nasty people. Thank God that judge in Kentucky saw through the Witch-hunt this obviously is.

      • You’re well and truly fucked in the head. Can’t you understand plain language – the prick was already up on 300 animal cruelty charges? You’re obviously his wife or playmate. God help us with people like you protecting POS’s like Skaggs.

  2. Elease M. Bradford says:

    I’m an animal lover, esp. dogs. I’m so sorry to hear of the neglect and suffering these innocent animals endured at the hands of Skaggs. The authorities did not do their jobs. There should have been better oversight. Skaggs should have been stopped in 2018, when the problem first came to light. Instead, he was allowed to take in more animals and subject them to more abuse and neglect. This should never have happened. Someone dropped the ball. Skaggs needs to be taken into custody and punished. RIP fur babies and I hope you get justice.

  3. I dare this vile,repulsive animal abusing piece of shit bastard to meet me in real life,face to face.This arsehole must have the death penalty implemented and I am most certainly ready,willing and able to enforce this procedure.This vile bastard must endure a slow and agonising death!!!!!! ;

  4. American Girl says:

    Wtf is wrong with the mental idiots in Elliot County that allowed this? You dumbasses are just as responsible as this inbred moron is! People need to know who the judge was in the previous case against this oxygen thief. He needs to be held accountable as well. These so called shelters need to be investigated and visited continuously. There are so many good people out there trying to do right by these neglected animals, then you have these inbred, lowlife mutants who either do it for the money or those that are in it to be perverted perpetrators of cruelty to animals. This shit has got to STOP! That’s why as the great John Lennon once said, I’d love to help humanity, it’s just the humans I can’t stand! He was so right on with that one…

  5. Put Skaggs in prison, & throw away the key for his unjust, despicable practices, toward those who were supposed to be in his care. & add no care or comfort to his sentence!

  6. This should have been reported by a volunteer or some one that feeds and waters the animals long before these poor animals ever got into those conditions. Shame on this horrible man to allow such suffering. I just hope he gets this virus and that is the end if this person. Stop being so cruel to the animals they feel the same pain as people.

  7. Ass- backward Kentuckians for you – no branches in their family trees either. (Except the blue bloods ) these bastards ( the shelter & ‘AUTHORITIES’ TOO) don’t give a shit for animals.

  8. Mary Harrington says:

    This proves my point! The criminals, are just that. We depend on the judges and the law to protect the innocent. Well the judges don’t do their job’s anymore, they are in somebody’s back pocket or on the golf course with the criminals lawyer. No wonder the world is falling apart. You can’t trust a judge or the cops to uphold a basic law anymore…throw the scumbags in prison for doing what criminals do best! Break the law. And you..you judges…should be held accountable for your lack of dedication to serve the people

  9. Put all the animals in a safe clean well run animal shelter and put Randy Skaggs in prison for violating the PACT ACT – torture and killing of animals:
    PROSECUTE
    PRISON
    FINE
    TAKE AWAY BUSINESS LICENCE TO RUN ANIMAL SHELTER ANYWHERE in the U.S.

  10. DEBRA DAVIS says:

    Need to shut him down. He is only interested in the money.he needs to stay in an unsafe environment. No medical help. PLEASE HELP THE PUPS BE REMOVED FROM HIS HANDS.

  11. Renee Doan says:

    Very well said & I definitely agree in spades bar none!!!

  12. Anne Steph says:

    What does this horrible, lowlife have to do to be prosecuted??? He knows the useless Authorities wouldn’t do anything and so continued to allow suffering, misery and death. He should be jailed for a long, long time and the Authorities should be investigated for their inaction and complicity in animal cruelty.

  13. HOW IN HELL WAS THIS ALLOWED TO GO ON SO LONG AS TO CAUSE THESE HORRIFIC CONDITIONS? DID NO ONE HAVE THE DECENCY TO STAND UP FOR THESE POOR ANIMALS, AND TO REPORT THE MONSTERS RESPONSIBLE SO THEY COULD BE PROSECUTED UNDER THE FEDERAL LAW FOR ANIMAL ABUSE??
    THEY SHOULD ALL BE CHARGED AS ACCOMPLICES!!

  14. WHY DID NO ONE COME FORWARD BEFORE THIS LONG TERM SUFFERING WAS EXPOSED???? EVERYONE AT THAT HELL HOLE SHOULD BE CHARGED AND PROSECUTED!!!

  15. Jeanne Cambouris says:

    PLEASE, EVERYONE IN ELLIOTT COUNTY: PLEASE FOLLOW THIS CASE AND MAKE SURE THESE MUTANTS ARE CHARGED UNDER THE FULL FORCE OF THE NEW FEDERAL LAW!!!!

  16. Poor little defenceless voiceless animals. The rule of Karma will get him/her immediately or in the foreseeable future. He will suffer unspeakable sickness and voilence for the suffering he has caused. Amazing how judges and Prosecutors will not gaol these heinous monsters.

  17. How many more opportunities are you going to give Skaggs to abuse animals! It seems like the opportunities are endless since you don’t seem to give a crap! Do something for God’s sake!

  18. What do you expect from Kentucky? The prosecutors probably don’t even have a law degree, they spend their day pumping gas while drinking a 40 ounce. Too ignorant to care about animals.

  19. Kathleen says:

    Find this guy and put him in an open air enclosure, lock him up and let him rot!
    Microscopic scum has more value than this guy!

  20. Minna Hormalainen says:

    How can this really happen?
    Who is responsible watching over these poor animals when they are rescued?

    This was a living hell for them.
    Human is really a worst beast …😭😭🤬🤬

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