Update Page for Cockfighters Who Brutally Attacked Animal Welfare Investigators
On January 3rd, 2021, two investigators from SHARK drove to a suspected illegal cockfighting operation in Lawrence County, OH. Soon after arriving, SHARK President Steve Hindi was violently attacked, suffering multiple injuries including a head injury requiring six staples and a broken rib. Another investigator was pursued by cockfighters who rammed his car multiple times sending the car out of control into a ditch. These were two attempts of murder. SHARK is demanding a full investigation and maximum prosecution of all appropriate charges.
February 26, 2021 UPDATE!
We are happy to report that charges have now been filed. James Newcomb is charged with four felonies - two counts of felony assault, one felony count of theft, and one felony count of obstruction. Shannon Clark is charged with three felonies - one count of felony assault, one count of felony theft, and one count of felony obstruction.