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For Immediate Release:
September 17, 2013
Media Contact:
Betty Aguirre


County Commission adopts Chairwoman Sosa's ordinance to toughen penalties on form of dog fighting known as "trunking"

(MIAMI) – Miami-Dade County is taking aim against a heinous new trend in dog fighting.

County Commissioners today gave final approval to an ordinance sponsored by Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa to impose tougher penalties against “trunking” --- the practice of locking two dogs in a car trunk and driving around with music blasting while the dogs fight to death in the confined space.

The ordinance establishes a $2,000 fine for trunking – double the standard County fine for animal fighting or baiting.

“This is a horrendous crime, and we need to do everything we can to stop it,” Chairwoman Sosa said. “I appreciate the strong support of my colleagues on this issue, especially all the Commissioners who agreed to co-sponsor this ordinance.”

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.

“The only thing we can do as a County is increase the civil penalty, but I will be getting together with our state legislative delegation to do whatever it takes to get the criminal penalties increased, because we need to stop this practice once and for all,” Chairwoman Sosa said.

For more information about Ordinance #131107, please call Chairwoman Sosa’s office at 305-375-4696.