In a unanimous vote, the Miami-Dade Commission approved a resolution on Tuesday to double the County penalties for a form of dog fighting known as “trunking.”
The approved resolution, which was proposed by Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, establishes a $2,000 penalty for “trunking” — double the standard county fine for animal fighting or baiting, reports CBS News.
“Trunking” involves locking two dogs — usually pit bulls — in the trunk of a car and driving around with music blasting for around 10 to 15 minutes while the terrified dogs fight to death in the dark, confined space. The surviving dog — if there is one — is then made to fight again.
Dog fighting is a felony in Florida, as in all 50 states and under federal law. Anyone caught engaging in any type of dog fighting in Miami-Dade could be charged with a third-degree felony as well as county fines. The condition of animals that show signs of neglect or abuse can also result in separate charges of animal cruelty.
Commissioner Sosa expressed her deep dismay over “trunking” dogs, stating, “This is a horrendous practice that takes dog fighting to new depths of cruelty, and we need to do whatever we can to put a stop to it by punishing perpetrators to the fullest extent possible.”
Up to a $5,000 reward is offered by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person involved in illegal animal fighting. Call 877-TIP-HSUS (877-847-4787). Callers’ identities are protected.