MIAMI (CBSMiami) – In a unanimous vote, the Miami-Dade Commission voted to stiffen penalties for a form of dog fighting known as ‘trunking’.

Trunking 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.

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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. In addition to County fines, people caught engaging in animal fighting could be also be charged criminally with a third-degree felony.

“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 Sosa.

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Last May, the county’s Animal Services Department rescued ten dogs believed to have been used for trunking from Goulds home.

Miami-Dade Animal Services said they received a tip and found the dogs, six pit bulls and four puppies, is urine and feces filled cages behind a residence at 117th Avenue and 220th Street.

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Adoption and ownership of pit bulls is illegal in Miami-Dade County.