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Dog Fighting’s New and Terrifying Trend: Trunking

Dog Fighting’s New and Terrifying Trend: Trunking

The dog-fighting world has come up with a new horrifying way to get innocent dogs to fight each other to the death. The trend is called “trunking” and it’s gaining momentum. Ten dogs suspected to be victims of the practice were rescued this week from a house in a Miami suburb.

“Trunking locks two dogs in the trunk of a car that is driven around with the music blasting so loud no one can hear what is going on. After 10 to 15 minutes the driver stops and the trunk is opened. Whichever dog is dead or injured is thrown into the street like trash. The victor lives to fight again,”said Dahlia Canes of the Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation.

Trunking sounds like an “urban myth,” but Miami-Dade Animal Services in Florida report seeing many recent cases.

That’s why animal control officers and police responded quickly when an anonymous tip was reported about dogs being lifted in and out of vehicles. They found ten dogs living in filthy cages behind a home without food or water. Altogether four adult dogs, two youngsters and four puppies were rescued.

“The kennels did not have adequate shelter,” said Luis Salgado with Miami-Dade County Animal Services.  “They were in feces and urine.”¯

Some of the dogs were covered in scars and had open wounds and teeth marks on them.

“There are puncture wounds,” said Salgado.  “One of the dogs had a broken wrist and an injured eye. One of the dogs is just bit up all over the place.”¯

The owner of the property has not been identified yet but will face felony charges when he is found.

Officials report the dogs appear to be friendly with veterinarians and staff. One dog even wagged his tail while two staff members washed his wounds. Animal Services is trying to get custody of the dogs so they can be adopted or sent to a rescue group.

At least three of the dogs appear to be Pit Bulls and this poses special circumstances for their future. Pit Bull dogs have been banned from the Miami-Dade County for the past 23 years. Animal Services hopes someone from outside the state will eventually come forward to adopt the dogs.


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4:36PM PDT on Mar 30, 2014

Since this article is almost a year old, I'm going to guess that this horrible animal cruelty is probably worse by now. One would think that dog fighting would be one of the prime concerns for the police since this criminal act is oftentimes linked to gang activity, illegal firearms possession, drug possession, and other illegal acts by these perpetrators. I think that because of these facts, dog fighting should not be confronted by animal control but rather should be addressed by law officials. Those guilty of this crime can be highly dangerous individuals/members of gangs, etc. Lastly, it saddens me that the victims of these atrocious acts are the dogs who suffer so much at the hands of these cowards who should be fighting each other instead.

1:38PM PST on Feb 9, 2014

Thank You.

5:46AM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

For people convicted of crimes such as this and other forms of dog fighting and child abuse, I really believe in an eye for an eye. Give them a little of their own medicine

5:56AM PDT on Aug 7, 2013

What a sick brain you have to have come with such ideas...

1:13PM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

Why don't we end dog fighting period? No matter the method, it is all a very cruel practice!

10:16AM PDT on Jul 22, 2013


7:17AM PDT on Jul 17, 2013

This sickens my heart, I pray that a end can be put to this by all in the community!

8:24PM PDT on Jul 14, 2013

No. This can't happen. Dog fighting is cruel and not entertaining. I insist that you ban this method and shut it down for good.

5:53AM PDT on Jul 14, 2013

“Humanity's true moral test, its fundamental test…consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals."

9:32AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

I'll never understand how can anyone take such stupid and cruel actions... One must be really insane to fancy other's pain.

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