Twelve pit bulls were removed from rapper DMX’s Phoenix-area home by sheriff’s officials. Internet rumors have been circulating about possible ties to the Vick plea bargain, but no actual connection has been made between the two.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies removed the dogs in a raid. Authorities also found numerous firearms. DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was not at home during the raid. DMX is no stranger to dog abuse.
Sheriffs’ office spokesman Capt. Paul Chagolla said: “We served an initial search warrant for animal neglect, and 12 pit bulls were removed. There are weapons in the home, and we are in the process of obtaining an amended warrant.” The pit bulls were tied up on the property.
Authorities also found buried dogs when they dug up the back yard. One had been burned and the cause of death on the other dogs was unknown because the bodies were decomposing.
Chagolla said no arrests have been made in association with the raid. Ongoing investigations “would determine what charges may be bought and against and whom.”
According to news reports, DMX pleaded guilty in 2002 in New Jersey for animal cruelty for neglecting 13 pit bulls. He did a public service announcement against animal abuse as part of his sentence.
The 12 pit bulls are currently in the care of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and are staying at a no-kill shelter. Chagolla said that it is not certain if the dogs were involved in fighting activities. One sheriff said that it appeared that the dogs were not involved in dog fighting, and that it is more of a case of animal neglect and abuse.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office received a tip more than a week ago about dogs being kept in inhumane conditions at DMX’s home.
Officials visited the home and then called one of DMX’s attorneys and told him that the conditions for the animals at the house needed to improve or they would take action. The dogs were not being fed or given water.
Authorities returned to the house on Friday.
DMX’s lawyer, Murray Richman, said the rapper/actor hasn’t been in Arizona for at least two months and was “extremely disturbed” to hear the animals weren’t being cared for properly.
“We had a caretaker that wasn’t taking care, that’s what happened,” Richman said. “He loves dogs. He loves these animals. Those dogs are practically his family.”
Richman added that he hadn’t been told about the problems of animal neglect on the property until after the raid on Friday. Officials said they spoke to another lawyer who works for DMX.
Firearms were also found on the property and authorities are seeking additional warrants to determine if the guns are legal.
Source: Fox News,