303 Low Gap Road, Pine Knot, KY
This massive criminal operation is owned and operated by Darlene Nancy Smiddy, 60 and Michael Dean Smiddy, 62, both from Pine Knot, KY (photos below).
SHARK investigators have filmed this location on multiple occasions over multiple years. And yet the Kentucky State Police (KSP) are impotent in dealing with these criminals operating right under their nose. A large felonious animal fighting venue that has been operating for years in the exact same location and yet the Kentucky State Police and McCreary County Sheriff Randy Waters do absolutely nothing.
In December of 2022, SHARK filmed yet another cockfight at this location, which included multiple children documented attending the fights. The Smiddys might want to read the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, which makes it a federal felony to knowingly bring a child under the age of 16 to an animal fight. Each instance is punishable by up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
To reach this pit from the McCreary County Sheriff's Office proceed 4.9 miles south on US-27. At KY-92 turn left and proceed for 3.9 miles. At State Highway 2792 turn left and proceed for 0.5 miles and turn right onto Low Gap Rd and continue for 0.4 miles and the pit is at the end of the road.
Google Map Link: 36.6630171, -84.3739955
SHARK’s dealing with Honest Abes is the stuff of legends in corruption. In the near future, we will tell the story of the incredible police corruption which protects the cruel criminals at the woefully misnamed “Honest Abes.”
Sheriff Waters and KY State Police Captain Felder have not shut down this illegal criminal fighting pit. Please contact them both and ask that they take action to shut down this pit permanently.
Kentucky State Police Post 11
Captain Scott Felder
Tpr. Scottie Pennington
Public Affairs Officer
McCreary County Sheriff Randy Waters