Another Major Criminal Cockfighting Pit in Kentucky Shut Down
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FROM SHARK SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness
November 2020

We are pleased to announce that another major cockfighting ring in KY has been shutdown! This makes the fifth such illegal cockfight shut down since SHARK and our friends at the Humane Farming Association began operations in KY this past June.


We shut our last cockfight down in July, just before the birds started molting. Molting is the process of chickens shedding and replacing their feathers, and during that time they do not fight. We used that time to locate more cockfight locations, so we would be ready to swing into action as soon as the molting ended. That time is now.

This cockfight location is called “CJ’s Pit,” and is located in Laurel County. This is not a new location. All indicators is that it has been in operation for many years, and has simply been ignored by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

SHARK's investigators captured undercover video from illegal cockfights in KY

Based on our information, the Kentucky State Police shut CJ’s Pit down on Friday, and that information came right from the mouth of the owner, a man named Rick Johnson.

Before we get deeper into that, we need to take a step back and tell you something that we’ve kept quiet for some time. SHARK has been communicating with the Kentucky State Police, and we have provided them with a number of locations of known and suspected cockfights.

Since the cockfighting season ended in late July, SHARK has been tirelessly searching for locations of cockfights in KY and a number of other states, in order to go after them when the season started this Fall.

Thanks to our investigative work, and tips from residents who are appalled at cockfighting and the devastating effect it has on their communities, such as being venues for drug dealing, we were able to locate an astounding 11 cockfighting pits in KY!

We supplied that information to the KY State Police and they have been true to their word and taken action, as we learned when Johnson called SHARK’s tipline on Sunday.

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