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Have You Heard About the Disturbing New Animal Abuse Trend Known as 'Trunking'?

The car's stereo plays loudly to cover the sounds of fighting.

What is "trunking?" It involves dogs (typically pit bulls), the trunks of cars, and possibly some of the most inhumane treatment of animals seen in a long time.

Image: Screen Capture WPLG

How does trunking work? According to animal rights activists, this is what happens during a trunking:

  • Two dogs are locked into the trunk of a car and then driven around.
  • The car's stereo plays at a loud volume in order to cover the sounds of the fighting.
  • After a short time or when the fighting appears to have stopped, the dead dog is tossed out and the survivor goes on to fight again.

The latest and most-publicized incident of trunking came to the attention of authorities after a woman in Florida's Miami-Dade County area reported seeing dogs being put into the trunks of cars in order to have them fight to the death.  Animal control authorities visited the reported location and found 10 dogs, many exhibiting wounds that are typically associated with fighting.

The Miami Herald reports that the home where these dogs were discovered was the focus of a pit bull investigation in June 2012. The breed is illegal in the county and someone called to say that pit bulls were running loose in the neighborhood. The person who lived there denied owning the animals but received a citation.

Additional complaints were called in just two weeks ago. Callers reported the pit bulls were still on the loose and that one had killed a neighbor's dog.

(h/t Miami Herald)

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