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For Immediate Release:
September 13, 2013
Media Contact:
Betty Aguirre


Chairwoman Sosa proposes tougher penalties for form of dog fighting known as "trunking"

(MIAMI) – Outraged by recent media reports of a heinous trend in dog fighting known as “trunking,” Miami-Dade County Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa is sponsoring an ordinance to impose stiffer penalties on those caught engaging in the practice.

The ordinance will go before the County Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 at the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1st St.  The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Following an anonymous tip of animal cruelty, several dogs with severe facial scars were found in cages behind a home in Goulds earlier this year. Animal rights activists suspected that the dogs were victims of “trunking.” This cruel and inhumane practice involves locking two dogs in a car trunk and driving around with music blasting for several minutes while the dogs fight to death in the confined space. The surviving dog is then made to fight again.

“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,” said Chairwoman Sosa, whose resolution would establish a $2,000 penalty for trunking – double the standard County fine for animal fighting or baiting.

In addition to County fines, people caught engaging in animal fighting also are subject to criminal sanctions under state law and could be charged with a third-degree felony.

For more information about the ordinance, call Chairwoman Sosa’s office at 305-375-4696.