Kentucky shelter owner: Animal-cruelty case is retaliation

WEBBVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The owner of a no-kill animal shelter has been arrested on 179 counts of second-degree animal cruelty in Kentucky.

But 67-year-old Randy Skaggs <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article204094144.html”>tells</a> the Lexington Herald-Leader he was arrested in retaliation for pushing others to comply with animal-control standards and provide adequate shelters.

Skaggs was part of a 2000 lawsuit accusing dozens of counties of not having required animal control officers or shelters, among other claims. State police couldn’t tell the Leader how <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.thetrixiefoundation.org/”>the Trixie Foundation</a> owner mistreated animals, and the county attorney and animal control officer were unavailable for comment.

Second-degree animal cruelty includes intentionally subjecting animals to “cruel or injurious mistreatment” through neglect, among other conditions.

A Thursday state police release says the agency also charged Skaggs with 179 counts of not vaccinating dogs against rabies.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.kentucky.com”>http://www.kentucky.com</a>

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