Target: Florida Governor Rick Scott
Goal: Investigate and raise awareness about the shocking new fad that forces dogs to fight in the trunk of a moving car.
A new kind of dog fighting using cars is gaining popularity in Florida. “Trunking” involves placing two dogs in the trunk of a car, playing loud music to aggravate them, and driving around for about fifteen minutes. The dog that is either dead or the most injured by the end is then thrown away. Police in the southern part of the state have seen an increase in these cases in recent months and something must be done immediately to stop it.
The practice has largely come about in urban and more residential areas where space is limited. Trunking does not require a ring or a yard, nor does it require a basement, which most Florida residents are without, to provide discretion. It can be done anywhere at anytime.
Perhaps the worst case of trunking so far was recently uncovered in Miami-Dade County. Five pit bulls and four puppies were discovered at a residence in the Goulds neighborhood after animal services received an anonymous tip. In the back of the home cages were covered in urine and feces. The dogs exhibited clear signs of fighting and are currently being treated for open wounds and broken bones. The face of oldest dog of the group, Max, is obscured by cuts and scars.
The case is currently ongoing and once the owner of the dogs is found, he or she will likely receive third-degree felony charges. It is bad enough that dog fighting has proliferated as much as it has over the past decade, but we cannot allow it to grow and expand into other forms of abuse. Something must be done to stop this now. Please sign the petition below to ensure that trunking does not become a common practice across the country.
Dear Governor Scott,
Dog fighting in Florida has been a problem for years. So much so that the adoption and ownership of pit bull breeds in Miami-Dade County has been outlawed. A new practice called “trunking” is starting to gain popularity in the southern parts of your state because of its ability to be discreet. This involves placing two dogs in the trunk of a car and driving around blaring music to see which one can survive. The loser is thrown out like trash.
The most serious case of trunking so far was recently discovered in the Miami area in which ten dogs were covered in wounds and needed to hospitalized for broken bones. Dog fighting cannot be allowed to expand into other forms and pursuits. Please do something immediately to investigate and end this practice before more harm is done.
[Your Name Here]
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