Have You Heard About the Disturbing New Animal Abuse Trend Known as ‘Trunking? Petition To Stop This Inc.

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“I sadly have to say this is nothing new, it’s been going on for years; which is why I included the video as proof.  Isn’t treacherous dog fighting brutal & cruel enough for these sickos? Are people becoming so desensitised to the value of innocent life, that they have to create sicker and sicker means of “entertainment? What happens to the dog that’s won the fight but beaten up badly in doing so? They are not going to spend money on fixing up these dogs because they don’t mean anything to them in the first place…they will just be thrown out with the trash & the thugs will get another; there are always plenty homeless pit bulls  to be had!.”

“Abuse like this will not stop until the laws are changed. A few days in prison or a fine isn’t going to stop these dick heads!! Lets face it, if they are that cold-hearted as to put 2 dogs in a trunk to fight to the death…what value do they put on a human life, other people’s property? what do they give to the community??? Enough said; so make the punishment a real one, that hopefully will deter others & stick by it.”

“Don’t know about you guys, but I am sick of reading the appalling abuse these beautiful dogs go through!The breed nobody wants from a shelter because they are deemed vicious!! But they aren’t born that way, it’s not their fault & they shouldn’t have to pay with their lives for the damage done; when all they have ever known is violence & fighting. Make the humans who taught them all they know pay for it; not the dogs!!”

June 4th 2013 – 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.

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.

“And Here Is It In Action – This is not a new craze as one can tell by the video date!  As always viewer discretion advised.

Hidden in Darkness: ‘Trunking’ is Dog Fighting’s Ugly Secret

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NEW YORK — One of the most barbaric forms of animal cruelty has an underbelly which for years has remained literally hidden in darkness: “Trunking” is dog fighting‘s ugly secret.

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.

News Link:http://www.chrisjonesmedia.com/2013/05/03/have-you-heard-about-the-disturbing-new-animal-abuse-trend-known-as-trunking/

Please sign the petition to stop this despicable, heinous crime:http://forcechange.com/64627/put-an-end-to-dog-fighting-in-car-trunks/

VIDEO Viewer Discretion Advised: Horse butchered in Miami-Dade County, remains dumped

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SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE (CBSMiami) – Animal activists have made a disturbing discovery; the slaughter of two horses whose remains were found dumped in Southwest Miami-Dade, months apart.

Thursday night, investigators from the Animal Recovery Mission found more than 150-pieces of a horse in the area of SW 81st Terrace and 123rd Avenue after being called by a neighbor.

Friday morning, while they were investigating the scene of the slaughtered horse, an employee with the Animal Recovery Mission found the remains of  a second horse in the same area that was dumped there several months ago.  All that was left were the bones.

However, there were serious signs of abuse on the first horse found Thursday night.

This horse was beaten, stabbed to death, butchered alive, it really suffered,” said Richard Couto from the Animal Recovery Mission.

Couto said the remains of the second horse had been there  awhile.

Some person is using this as a dump site for butchered horses,” said Couto. “It was dumped here a while ago and covered in concrete and construction debris, enough to conceal it for the past three or four months.”

Couto said the selling of illegal horse meat is a multi-million dollar industry especially in Florida.

People are eating this for medical purposes thinking it cures cancers, helps the side effects of chemotherapy, helps with blood disorders and males are eating this thinking that it helps with the libido. Unbelievably, it actually is the reverse,” said Couto.

“The drugs administered to these animals toxifies the meat so whoever ate this horse, this horse meat, isn’t probably feeling too good right now.” ” 🙂 good, I hope they have the worst shit’s ever & it makes him ill for rest of his/her life… serves them right…my horses has wormers several times a year, plus booster injections that all horses are supposed to have! On top of that, Bute & injections for any pain or antibiotic etc. for any bodily injury. But on English passports, one for each horse, there is a section you can tick if you don’t want them to end up as food for some rich lazy fat git in Europe!

Couto said they don’t know where the horse came from or if it was stolen but he said he believes it was a cared for pet because it had brand new horse shoes and was under the age two. Each time he finds a slaughtered horse, it’s a tough sight.

It’s awful every time you come to one of these scenes especially when you see signs of serious abuse. When you don’t see a bullet hole in the head of an animal in the head of a horse you know how much he suffered,” explained Couto.

Police are investigating and no arrests have been made.“That’s because they are so bloody sneaky, they have looks out, for when they’re dumping a body or cutting one up…they are rarely caught in the act. Although I have seen Richard in some bizarre disguises…trying to get undercover video to aid arrests 

 News Link:http://miami.cbslocal.com/2012/11/02/slaughtered-horses-found-in-sw-miami-dade-field/

This Video Link goes with above (sorry, I can’t import certain formats):-http://miami.cbslocal.com/latest-videos?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=7915522

“Having supported ‘ARM’ due to my love of horses; I wanted to show you a video from last year…this is still happening RIGHT NOW…news videos will only show the aftermath, which is bad enough; but I wanted you to see the horses before slaughter (if you can watch the video)!!”

“If I could get my hands on the bastard responsible, well lets just say they would be walking with glass shoved down each finger nail, & forced to walk on their them…because that’s how the poor mare in the video must have felt…poor girl. I also know if Richard could, he would have put the mare out of her misery asap…but he had to abide by the law…not like the MF’s that left these horses hanging around…just waiting for the right moment, when nobody’s around…so they can be slaughtered!!. Jail is too good for these evil abominations!”

“This hurts me more, than seeing a horse that has already died, which is upsetting enough! But being a horse owner for over 40 years, watching them suffer, knowing the serious amount of pain they are in, is just the most horrifying, gut wrenchingly hardest thing for me to watch…so yes my tears are flowing as I write this; even though I have seen it before…it always makes me cry for them & want to go cuddle my horses.”

“I’m also showing it, hoping it will raise awareness to what’s happening right now! If you live in the area & come across a scene similar to what’s in the video…you know to contact police; people don’t just dump their horses, if they can sell them on the black market, for meat & there are plenty of ex race horses & other thoroughbreds, due to over breeding!”

“This barbaric practice will only stop when people keep reporting these hideouts  to ARM or the police.” 


(I’ve probably made it sound worse than it is I don’t want people having a go at me!! ) 


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this is the condition of the animals on illegal slaughter farms in florida


Man Who Burned His Own Dog Arrested

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — North Miami Police detectives have arrested the man they say is responsible for a painful case of animal cruelty, detectives said Saturday.

Witvil Florvil, 29, is charged with animal cruelty with intent to injure or kill.

Florvil burned his own dog’s back, according to police.

“There was a dog, it was hiding back there by the garbage cans,” a neighbor named Tim said. “It looked really bad. It’s whole back was bloody. I called animal control.”

The boxer-sharpei mix was taken to Miami-Dade Animal Services in mid-July with second- and third-degree burns from head to tail.

When we first met him after he was removed from Florvil’s home, he was scared and in pain.

“The dog is clearly a fighter,” Miami-Dade Animal Services Director Kathleen Labrada said. “These are extremely painful wounds he’s suffering from. He’s a little stand-offish around people. But I would be, too.”

At the time, the dog was nicknamed “Courage”. Neighbors say the dog must have had a lot of it.

“When I initially saw the dog I thought it was probably hurt by running over by a car or something,” Tim said. “I didn’t know that somebody actually did something to it.”

Another neighbor, Ali, wasn’t in town at the time of the burning. But he still expressed his condolences for the animal.

“I feel bad for the dog,” Ali said.

Another person who lives at the home on NW 127 Avenue in North Miami was originally cited, but after what police are calling an extensive investigation, Florvil was arrested.

The dog is now named Bentley and is being cared for by a rescue group out of South Carolina named Noah’s Arks Animal Rescue.

“I feel better for the animal,” Tim said. “When i first saw it I thought they’d put him to sleep. But the fact that somebody came down here and adopted it is great.

To learn more about Bentley’s care or to donate to Noah’s Arks Animal Rescue, visit http://www.noahs-arks.net/RESCUE/HOME.html.

Video & News Link:http://miami.cbslocal.com/2012/08/04/man-who-burned-his-own-dog-arrested/

Couple arrested after more than 70 abused, neglected animals found in their home

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“OMG…how the hell could this have gone on so long without neighbors or relatives saying anything? Those poor, poor dogs, I found the pictures on the pdf file particularly hard to view, as I own Yorkshire Terriers; how can people keep dogs in such condition & think nothing is wrong…tears stain my keyboard…praying they all make it.!!”

‘Operation Fido’ rescues dozens of animals from Hialeah townhouse

HIALEAH, Fla. -Police are calling it a case of “extreme animal cruelty” and rescue groups tell Local 10 it is one of the worst hoarding cases they’ve ever seen.

A Hialeah couple has been charged with animal abuse after dozens of animals were found inside their townhome.

Hialeah police arrested Ileana Arnais and Rubin Dario Arrojo and charged them with 34 felony counts of animal cruelty

“Severe neglect is a dreadful form of animal cruelty,” said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “These animals were suffering in some ghastly circumstances, lacking food, water, medical attention, living in unsanitary conditions and confined to small spaces.  This is a textbook example of neglect.”

On Thursday morning, authorities began removing the animals from the home.

When rescue crews first arrived, they pulled 34 dogs from the home, which is why Arnais and Arrojo are facing 34 felony counts of animal cruelty.

But when rescuers came back, they found another 40 dogs. That means the couple could face even more charges. 

Some of the pups were hard to spot at first because they are tiny — about 3 pounds — and were hiding in closets and under furniture.

Investigators say they were tipped off to the situation after Arnais sought outside help to temporarily move or relocate some of the animals on the premises.  They say the person Arnais contacted was shocked by the condition of the animals and called police.

Officers say they found dogs, cats, turtles, birds, chickens, even a hedgehog and a pig in the town house believed to be just 1100 square feet.

Arnais and Arrojo, her husband, live there with their 26-year-old son.

Police and rescue groups say the animals never left the house, which means there were piles of feces everywhere, including the couple’s bed, where 20 dogs also slept.

Excrement was matted to the fur of the dozens of dogs and cats pulled from the home. Police say there was no power to the refrigerator, no food in the home for people or the animals. They also didn’t see any bowls of water.  Many of the animals are sick and have infections because rescuers think they were eating their own feces to stay alive.

Roaches and maggots were just about everywhere.

Police say the couple seemed surprised when the search warrant was executed Thursday morning, and they don’t think they were doing anything wrong.

Their 26-year-old son is still in the home and plans to stay there with two dogs, fish and the hedgehog.

Cire Leslie from A Better Life Rescue found a common theme too. Many of the animal had light-colored eyes. She thinks the couple must have been fascinated by light eyes and were perhaps inbreeding them which would explain the numerous deformities they found.

If you are interested in adopting any of the rescued animals, contact Dr. Matt Cooper, Sky Lake Animal hospital in Miami Gardens at 305-931-2113 or A Better Life Rescue at 305-978-0059.

News Link:-http://www.local10.com/news/Couple-arrested-after-abused-neglected-dogs-found-in-their-home/-/1717324/16029054/-/7e3v6i/-/index.html

North Miami dog owner arrested for severe burns on his dog’s back

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The North Miami Police Department arrested Witvil Florvil of NW 127th Ave. on Friday, the owner of a boxer-sharpei mix breed dog and charged Florvil with animal cruelty.

Those adorable red sunglasses are not just a fashion statement for Bentley. Her eyes are still hypersensitive to light and the sun. Credit: Noah’s Ark Animal Rescue

The dog, now named Bentley suffered second and third degree burns to her back.

According to the MiamiHerald.com Florvil, 29 was charged with intent to injure or kill an animal and is currently being held in lieu of $5,000 bond.

Veterinarians think the dog may have suffered a severe reaction to flea and tick medication. The dog should have immediately been taken to a veterinarian for treatment.

On July 10, the two-year-old dog was picked up by Animal Control of Miami-Dade in excruciating pain. A concerned citizen had seen the dog with a bloody back hiding behind garbage cans. Originally named Courage by her rescuers, the gentle dog was given pain medicine and treated.

Noah’s Ark Animal Rescue in South Carolina stepped up to provide Bentley with the care she would need to help her recover. The dog was immediately sent to Sky Lake Animal Hospital in Miami where she was treated for her severe back wounds, however more complications as a result of neglect surfaced. Bentley had suffered from an untreated dog bite on her leg which led to tetanus. The advanced infection affected her neurological functions.

Bentley has been making an amazing recovery. She continues to be treated for tetanus. Her eyes are still very sensitive to light and cause her pain, however Bentley seems to enjoy wearing her sunglasses.

If you would like to donate to Bentley’s care and the wonderful work of Noah’s Ark Animal Rescue in South Carolina, please click here.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/north-miami-dog-owner-arrested-for-severe-burns-on-his-dog-s-back

Richard “Kudo” Couto’s Undercover Slaughter Footage Gets Dissed In Tampa (Graphic Video)

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Around these parts, everybody’s pretty well acquainted with the tactics of undercover animal activist Richard “Kudo” Couto.

The winner of this week’s Best of Miami award for “Best Citizen“, Couto goes to unlicensed slaughterhouses, secretly films brutal animal killings, and– here in Miami-Dade County, at least — gets press attention and results. His footage resulted in the dismantling of the C-9 Basin, an entire district of illegal slaughter, and in several felony charges against animal abusers.

After receiving a tip from a Tampa-area resident, Couto adopted the identity of Martin Silva, handyman, and infiltrated the illegal slaughterhouse community of that city. But the resulting footage– while pretty stunning to us– hasn’t exactly bowled over cops there.

Couto, along with a USDA investigator, bought horsemeat — an outlawed commodity — from a Citrus Park black marketeer. He also filmed unlicensed butchers bleeding out a pig and a goat in brutal and clearly unregulated fashion.

But the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has taken to Tampa news outlets to diminish Couto’s claims. Spokesperson Larry McKinnon told Fox-13:

We certainly don’t see the epidemic of selling meat for human consumption that he has asserted. We’ve been out on numerous occasions with him and never have been able to successfully buy horsemeat that he’s made the assertion they’re selling.

The problem with that, Couto says, is that he’s never been on a sting with anybody from the Hillsborough Sheriff’s office.

Couto says he’s been told that there will be no animal cruelty charges resulting from his footage, because of the undercover manner in which it was obtained. In an email shared with Riptide, Hillsborough Sheriff’s detective Larry Lingo warns Couto: “When you buy the meat it has to be under law enforcement supervision or you commit the same crime as the person selling it.”

Neither McKinnon or Lingo responded to Riptide’s requests for comment.

But in Couto’s mind, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office is lashing out because his own investigation caught them flat-footed. “The problem is these are good ol’ boys,” says Couto, “and they do not want somebody coming into their county and showing what they’ve been neglecting for the last 40 years. I’m certainly not going to allow a police department to discredit me with lies.”

You can judge for yourself whether Couto’s findings should result in arrests. Here’s a video he put together showing slaughter by unlicensed butchers in the Tampa area. A warning: cops there might not be impressed, but we found it extraordinarily graphic.

“Viewer Discretion Is Advised – Very Graphic & distressing scenes! How no arrest were made for their heinous actions, is beyond me. It’s blatant animal abuse, if it took place in your back garden, you would certainly feel the full force of the law…whats the difference??”

The video is unlisted, which means only those with a link can see it!


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News Link:http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2012/06/richard_kudo_coutos_undercover.php

Pet horse found slaughtered yards from farm

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HIALEAH GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) — The owner of a pet horse made a disturbing discovery after someone broke into the property and murdered his animal overnight.

A 15-year-old horse belonging to a farm along Northwest 138th Street in Hialeah Gardens was led 200 yards from her stable and into a wooded area where she was killed.

Richard Couto of the Animal Recovery Mission believes the horse was slaughtered four days ago for it’s meat. “So you can tell by taking a hoof of the horse it was really well cared for, pet,” said Couto.

The horse had been a pet on the farm prior to her death. “The owner of this horse has terminal cancer and the ranch manager was caring for this horse before it was butchered,” said Couto.

All that now remains are the horse’s bones and millions of maggots feasting on what little is left of the animal. “Nobody likes seeing this,” said Couto. “Especially knowing that this animal was killed and probably butchered alive. Definitely, certainly wasn’t shot and no bullet holes in the skull which means that this horse was probably stabbed.”

The area of Hialeah Gardens where the horse was found is known of animal killings. It is home to many horse farms that thieves know exist so they steal the horses, kill them and make money off their meat. “We have a lot of supply. There are a lot of horses in South Florida and when you have supply and demand you’re going to have animals that are illegally killed such as this one,” said Couto.

Couto says that whoever is responsible for the death knew the farm and sadly believes that this will not be the last animal to end up on a dinner plate. “There are a lot of bad people in this county and the state of Florida that have a high demand for this meat,” he said.

If you have any information on this slaughter, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.

Video & News Link : http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21007636858654/pet-horse-found-slaughtered-yards-from-farm/#ixzz1wkc7DQDm

Key Largo man convicted of beating Bubba the dog who swiped steak from kitchen

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Jurors have found a Key Largo man guilty of felony animal cruelty that left an 8-month-old dog injured and fighting for its life.

Prosecutors say Noah Mitchell, 35, savagely beat his Labrador retriever, Bubba, during a barbecue on Oct. 3, 2010, because the animal took a steak from the kitchen counter. The six-member jury took about six hours to deliberate on Wednesday.

Animal cruelty is a third-degree felony in Florida. Third-degree felonies are usually punishable by up to five years in prison, but animal cruelty is among several charges with a maximum punishment of only one year in county jail and four years of probation.

Prosecutor Terri Hunnewell of the Monroe County State Attorney’s Office said Mitchell dropped, kicked, punched and strangled the dog around 9:30 p.m. that night. Mitchell had just moved into his house on Pimlico Lane.

Two men were also in the house when the incident happened — Curt Murphy and Gary Pitterman. Mitchell describes the men as “acquaintances” who helped him with the move. Pitterman was the prosecution’s only eyewitness. Mitchell’s defense attorney, Key West lawyer Donald Barrett, said Pitterman’s testimony was unreliable because he admittedly was drinking heavily that night.

But Hunnewell said the deputy who first interviewed Pitterman that night said the witness did not appear intoxicated. She told jurors that based on Bubba’s injuries, there was no reason they should doubt Pitterman’s version of the incident.

One veterinarian who observed Bubba at a Miami-Dade County animal clinic testified Tuesday that the dog’s injuries were consistent with those that an animal that size would sustain after falling from a two- to three-story building, or after being hit by a car. Bubba had collapsed lungs, a damaged larynx and six fractured ribs.

“The injuries are consistent with what Gary Pitterman said he saw Noah Mitchell do to Bubba,” Hunnewell told jurors during closing arguments Wednesday.


Eight starving animals found among the rotting bodies of two others in ‘deplorable’ Miami ranch

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A 65-year-old Florida woman has been arrested after eight starving animals, a dead horse and a decaying cow, were found in her care.

Migdalia Ameller was arrested on Wednesday on charges of animal cruelty, confinement of animals, and illegal disposal of dead animal bodies, after an officer on a routine patrol spotted several emaciated horses outside her southwest Miami-Dade property.

Upon closer inspection, the policeman discovered the bodies of a decaying cow covered with blue tarp and a deceased horse surrounded by the eight neglected animals, with little food in sight.

Malnourished: A 65-year-old woman is facing charges in the case of eight emaciated animals found Sunday in Southwest Miami-Dade 

 Five horses, two cows, and an emu that appeared to be severely malnourished with bones protruding through their skin were seized by police and the South Florida SPCA.‘A check of the property revealed illegal structures, deplorable conditions, [and] decaying animals,’ the police report said.‘The horses were all emaciated with rib bones, spinal columns [and] hip bones all showing.’

The police officer found only three pounds of grain and no hay for the animals. ‘These animals have been deprived [of] proper grain [and] hay to sustain body condition,’ the affidavit said.

Close-up: Migdalia Ameller, 65, was arrested on Wednesday on charges of animal cruelty, confinement of animals and illegal disposal of dead animal bodies

Sick: The horses were all emaciated with their rib bones, spinal columns and hip bones showing 

Fed: The sick animals were taken to the South Florida SPCA's rescue centre, where they are still being nursed back to health 

History: The emaciated horses that were found in Southwest Miami-Dade on March 5th, 2012

‘The horses’ coats (fur) was falling out in chunks from lack of nutrition.’

Ameller was allowed to leave custody because she cares for her elderly mother on the condition that she promises to appear at a future court appearance.

The sick animals were taken to the South Florida SPCA’s rescue centre, where they are still being nursed back to health.

On Monday, a stray, injured and emaciated horse was also seized near Ameller’s property.

Both incidents occurred just blocks away from a March 4 rescue effort when 11 horses and a dog were impounded. On that occasion, an additional eight horses were found dead on the property in question.

The bones of a small horse were also found in a basin in February, and a horse’s head was found in a canal in December in the Miami-Dade area.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2122568/Eight-starving-animals-rotting-bodies-deplorable-Miami-home.html#ixzz1qi89bre6

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