Pike County man facing 125 counts of animal cruelty

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A former Pike County Deputy Judge-Executive is now facing more than 100 counts of animal cruelty.
The Pike County Humane Society filed the new charges against Randal Good on Wednesday morning.
Last month, animal control officers say they found more than 100 dogs on his property in poor health.

The dogs taken from Randal Good's property in Grapevine had to have extensive medical care.
"Many of them had very pathetic medical needs, teeth had to be removed and in some cases, eyes had to be removed. Very, very sad situation," said John Doug Hays, Deputy Judge-Executive who oversees the Pike County Animal Shelter.

Animal control officers filed one attempted animal cruelty misdemeanor charge against Good, and the Pike County Humane Society filed 125 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Good pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Last month, Good told WYMT he was taking care of the dogs and got overwhelmed with so many. He said he willingly surrendered them because he wanted them to have good homes.

More than seventy are now in rescue mission homes. Thirty-four are available for adoption at the Pike County Animal Shelter.

"We try to place these animals in a good loving environment. The animals haven't done anything to deserve the treatment they've been getting," said Hays.

All of the dogs received needed veterinarian care, were spayed or neutered, and cleaned.

County officials are asking the County Attorney to pursue restitution from Good. They want Good to pay back the thousands of dollars the county spent caring for the animals.

In 2004, Good pleaded guilty to animal cruelty for a similar situation and was sentenced to 180 days probation.

"We want to be sure he doesn't own animals again. I'm talking even one pet. We want to make sure this does not happen with him again," said Hays.

Good is due back in court on February 14th.

The Pike County Animal Shelter is now taking applications from people who want to adopt the remaining thirty-four dogs.
They are also looking for volunteers to help at the shelter. If you are interested, the animal shelter's phone number is 606-432-6293.

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