MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Ten dogs are now safe after they were saved from what is believed to have been part of a cruel trend in dog fighting called “trunking.”
It’s a story that workers at the Miami-Dade Animal Services Department have witnessed way too often.
“He has multiple scars to his face and eyes; typical from dog fighting,” said Luis Salgado from Miami-Dade Animal Services.
Salgado is referring to a pit bull named Max that was rescued along with five other pit bulls and four puppies in Goulds, the area of 117th avenue and 220th street.
“We received an anonymous tip of animal cruelty. We picked them up from a home in cages in back of a home full of urine and feces. Very poor conditions,” said Salgado.
The pit bulls are now in Medley at Miami-Dade Animal Services, some still being treated for open wounds and broken bones.
Investigators believe these dogs were being used for fighting, they are also looking into the possibility of “trunking,” a new type of dog fighting.
“Trunking is when you get two dogs put them in trunk with blasting music, drive around for about 10 to 15 minutes when they open the trunk which ever dog is dead or injured unfortunate they are thrown like trash,” said Salgado.
The investigation into this animal abuse case is ongoing. Once the owner of the dogs is found, they could be charged with a third-degree felony.
The department is currently in the process of trying to get custody of the dogs to either set them up with a rescue organization or so they could try to get them adopted.
Adoption and ownership of pit bulls, however, is illegal in Miami-Dade County.