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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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W2 years ago

What horrible cruel bastards, when they catch them put them in the boot after belting the shitter out of them, just deplorable and sickening.

Glennis Whitney
Glennis W2 years ago

This is just so deplorable, so sickening.

Lauren K.
Lauren K2 years ago


Carole R.
Carole R2 years ago

Disgusting practice by heartless people.

Sara Bostic
Sara Bostic3 years ago

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.

Julie Botsch
Julie Botsch4 years ago

Thank You.

Judith Meek
Judith Meek4 years ago

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

Veselin Varbanov
Veselin Varbanov4 years ago

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

Haleigh O.
Haleigh O4 years ago

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

Kitty Cather
Kitty Cather4 years ago