Man charged for dogs living in alleged filthy conditions

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Former Pike County deputy judge-executive Randal Good is now charged with animal cruelty.
More than 100 dogs were recently found living in filthy conditions on his property.

Pike County Animal Shelter workers gave up their Thanksgiving weekend to care for more than 100 dogs in poor health.
"It's been very hectic. Me and my employees are working double time. We've got to work through the holidays," said Kristin Handshoe, Animal Shelter Acting Director.

The dogs were seized from Randal Good's property in Grapevine one week ago.
"Their fur matted up so bad, that it's pulling the skin underneath there. There are sores on the couple we have shaved already," said Handshoe.

The Pike County Attorney says on Wednesday, the animal control officer filed misdemeanor animal cruelty charges against Good.
"Cruelty to animals won't be tolerated. The statutes may not be as strong as some people would like them to be. It's still going to be pretty serious, and we're going to enforce the law at least to eradicate the problem in this case," said Howard Keith Hall, Pike County Attorney.

This is the second time Good has faced charges. County officials say he had more than 100 dogs in filthy conditions in 2004. He was sentenced to 180 days probation in that case.

"If I have anything to say about it, if my office has anything to say about it, Mr. Good will never be able to possess an animal the rest of his life," said Hall.

Hall says the criminal complaint states Good cannot possess animals while this case is pending in court.
No court dates are scheduled yet.

Last week, Good told WYMT that he was caring for the dogs but became overwhelmed with owning so many. He willingly surrendered the dogs to animal control, and now he just wants them to have good homes.

Meanwhile, shelter workers are nursing the dogs back to health. The shelter needs volunteers to help bathe and feed all of the dogs. They also need donations of food, treats, blankets, and paper to help care for all of the dogs.
"It's really rough on us, but we're all here for the animals. We're doing the best we can," said Handshoe.

They will put the dogs up for adoption when they are healthy.

If you want to volunteer, make donations, or adopt a dog, you can call the shelter at 606-432-6293.

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