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Cockfighter Sentenced to 1 year in Jail and $95,000 Fine

From SHARK SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness
December 2022

Encountering indifference and even hostility from many Kentucky sheriff’s departments, SHARK turned to exposing allegedly corrupt sheriffs as well as cockfights and cockfighters, and took increasingly extensive evidence to the state and federal levels, helping to facilitate the recent indictments.

SHARK, with The Humane Farming Association's help, has been extensively documenting and exposing cockfighting locations in Kentucky since 2019. Our evidence has been provided to law enforcement on local, state and federal levels. This led to the FBI cockfighting raid in Whitesburg, KY earlier this year, in which more than 15 people were charged in February with taking part in cockfights at pits in Clay, Laurel and Pike counties.

A former Kentucky teacher who ran a cockfighting operation, has been sentenced to 12 months and one day in jail and fined $95,000. The sentence for Millard Oscar Hubbard, 73, includes six months on home detention after he leaves jail. Hubbard pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. You can read more at the Lexington Herald Leader.

Hubbard owned a cockfighting venue in Clay County called Riverside, which had stadium-style seating, storage areas for roosters, several fighting pits and a concession stand, according to court records. Hubbard operated the venue with help from Timothy Sizemore, who also worked at the Blackberry pit in Pike County. SHARK has exposed Sizemore and his cockfighting pit.

In a prior case, Hubbard pleaded guilty in 2005 to conspiring to distribute 300 pounds of marijuana and was sentenced to 32 months in prison.


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