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Man pleads guilty to more than 100 counts of animal cruelty

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A former Pike County Deputy Judge-Executive pleads guilty to more than 100 counts of animal cruelty.

Animal control officers say more than 100 dogs were found in filthy conditions at Randal Good's home last year.

The Pike County Attorney says Good received the maximum punishment allowed in Kentucky.

Good planned to take a plea deal in the case, but Thursday afternoon, Judge Kelsey Friend, Jr. did not accept the plea deal, saying this was Good's second animal cruelty offense. Good was also charged in 2004 and received probation. Judge Friend said he reviewed pictures from the 2004 case and could not accept the plea deal on the table this time.

The judge said Good could enter a blind guilty plea or choose a trial. Good and his defense attorney decided to enter the guilty plea.

Good pleaded guilty to 120 counts of animal cruelty.

For punishment, Judge Friend kept the conditions set forth in the proposed plea agreement. Good was sentenced to 365 days in jail but the sentence was probated for two years, which is the maximum allowed in Kentucky laws.

Good does have a list of rules he must follow. He is not allowed to own any animals. He must give all of his kennels and cages to the Pike County Humane Society. The Pike County Animal Shelter employees will conduct random inspections at his house each month to ensure he does not have any animals. He must undergo psychiatric care. Judge Friend added 500 hours of community service at the animal shelter.

Good also agreed to pay the Pike County Fiscal Court $4,623.23 for restitution for money the county spent caring for the seized animals.

"I think the judge was fair. I feel like by him doing community service at the animal shelter will show him the conditions of the animals that he had and how he treated them," said Libby Carty, Pike County Humane Society.

"In reaching this guilty plea agreement, I think we did the best we could to ensure that the animals were taken care of and no future animals will come in harms way by this defendant for as long as a district court can order in the state of Kentucky," said Tommy Chamberlin, Assistant Pike County Attorney.

Randal Good and his defense attorney Kevin Hackworth did not comment after court.

The animal shelter workers say all of the dogs seized from Good's property are now in good homes and receiving proper care.

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