Another heinous crime wave of animal cruelty called “trunking” has recently hit the Miami streets. On May 2, Miami-Dade County Animal Services rescued five adult dogs and four puppies in Goulds after a good Samaritan called authorities to report having witnessed a pet owner repeatedly throwing dogs into the trunk of his car.
“Trunking” involves throwing fighting dogs into the trunk of a car, turning up the music, and driving around for 15 minutes while the dogs fight to survive. At the end of the time period, the loser is thrown away like yesterday’s trash.
Although the culprits have not been arrested yet, three of the dogs allegedly involved have been relocated to Pit Sisters, a 501(c)3 organization rescuing dogs who may have been undernourished or abused with special needs who may have otherwise been euthanized in local shelters.
With the cooperation of the Miami Dade Animal Services, the Miami Coalition Against BSL, and Second Chance Rescue, three pit bulls named Joey, Chance, and Ananda arrived in Jacksonville and are quickly becoming celebrities and better canine citizens.
The dogs have been assessed by Jim Crosby, a retired police lieutenant from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office who is an expert in canine aggression and behavior. Crosby travels the globe assessing fatal dog attacks.
Joey, Chance and Ananda all tested well and interacted very well with people.
“These dogs have been through so much, but they hold no grudges,” stated Jennifer Watson, President of Pit Sisters. “They are so loving and crave affection from people. It’s not the dogs who are at fault; it’s the irresponsible and abusive owners who have created the problems for these tremendously loyal dogs.”
Joey is the dog who was featured in all of the news stories with the open fighting wounds on his face. Crosby advised that Joey and Chance, who have multiple scars also have both been involved in dog fighting. The third dog Ananda has no scars and could have been intended to be a breeder dog.
The dogs have a long road to recovery, but Pit Sisters have no intentions of letting these dogs down ever again.
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