Only VIPs are invited to the upscale dogfights, says Kudo. "You have to be able to throw down serious money," he says. "That can be about $20,000 a pop. Everyone is wearing guns." Some of ARM's own investigators have been checked for wires and "borderline strip-searched," says Kudo, before entering a fight.
Street-based fighting is decidedly different, he says, and more culture-based. Kudo says these sorts of dogfights predominantly take place in U.S. inner cities, inside warehouses and small venues. "They move [their location] on fight night because they are in populated areas and they don't want people to hear."
In fact, in Miami, he says, dogfighters have recently created a new way of fighting dogs. They call it "trunking."
"They throw two dogs into a trunk and drive the car around town while they blast music," Kudo says. "Then they come back to the location where they have their betters, open the trunk and see which dog is alive."
Sometimes in "trunking," small dogs are put in a trunk with a larger dog "just to see if it will be killed," says Kudo. "For fun."