“Distressed” Dogs Seized At Rapper DMX’s Home

DMX’s dogTwelve 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, Reuters

(Thanks Amanda)

28 Responses to ““Distressed” Dogs Seized At Rapper DMX’s Home”

  1. Baaboo says:

    Another despicable piece of putrid rot !!!

  2. joe says:

    Well, well, well….

    Mr. DMX,

    Looks like Vick ratted on you for the plea bargin! Telling on YOU… may just get him less time. What ya think about that EARL?

  3. joe says:


    Check out the A holes album cover!

  4. pitbulls says:

    Another worthless bas***d!

    Vick told on ya Earl. How you like that??????

    Let’s have a FIGHT!!! I would like to see Earl & Vick fight it out until death!!!! If one didnt fight well,..hang the SOB, or drown him! I would like to place my bet on this one!!!!!

  5. Lynn says:

    Check out that album cover. Looks like splattered blood in the lower right. I pulled up some of the lyrics for some of his songs. Such anger. Overwhelming.


    I’ve always hated rap.

    Oh yes - no one I know who loves dogs leaves them for two months.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Vick vs Earl

    Bring it on! Vick must have clued the cops in to help his plea bargin.

  7. Lynn says:

    Watch him start screaming “bipolar.” Wonder who made that diagnosis?

  8. Gary says:

    How many of these trash bags are there anyway? How many more will be discovered?

  9. Buster says:

    Looks like the NAACP is going to be busy.

  10. E. Hamilton says:

    Don’t you kind of, sort of, in your deepest heart, wish that MenuFoods had some pit bulls, so the animal abuse cops would go after THEM sometime soon?

    OK, OK, I guess the dog fighting thing is spreading and I want it stopped but geez, pets are dying in the thousands and not a peep from the people we pay a LOT of money for in taxes to catch animal abusers? There they are, front page and news out the wazoo, this big bunch of investigators that caught Vick and you know, I WISH they would at least glance over at the biggest bunch of animal abusers ever to walk the earth!

    And the media is in a dancing frenzy over it.

    As for the dog fighters themselves? Toss em in prison and seize every asset they have.
    Of course, this is exactly what I wish for MenuFoods and Iams and a whole lot of other poisoners too.

  11. Bane says:

    I’ve always hated gansta rap and football, especially America’s pathetic obsession with the NFL. This is why many Europeans consider our contemporary culture so low-brow. Now, I see my instinctive dislike of these two forms of “entertainment” was well founded.

  12. Sharon says:

    His prior punishment was to do a public service announcement? Sounds like he had the same judge who sentenced Nicole Richie to 82 minutes in jail for DWI.

  13. Donna says:

    Tired of such violent humans and the cruelty.No trial……….toss them to the lions.We do not need more monsters in an already violent society.One by one dispose of of human monsters.In the end,only the good will remain.No need to fill prisons.Waste of tax payers money.Let the violent people,experiance the “violence they crave”.Turn the lions loose and put it on tv.

  14. keciacat says:


    I have never liked football to the point that I NEVER and I mean NEVER learned the rules to the game. People tried to explain it to me but they realized by the glazed look in my eyes I was tuning them out, LOL!

  15. Jenny Bark says:

    I’ve been thinking about this & I don’t think Vic turned him in. DMX that dirt bag (seen that cover) was turned in a week ago. Imo Vic at that time still thought his $ would buy him out. I think the ones who first took the plea turned him in to help them with the judge, I bet there will be more.

  16. keciacat says:

    Government Informant? Whoaaaaaa!


  17. Traci says:

    Great editorial. Thanks for that read.

  18. Lynn says:

    One question: While Vick’s snitching for the feds, does this mean Poindexter has to stay in a holding pattern until the feds have wrung every last bit of info out of Vick? Of course, if any of the Vick-imparted info results in a federal case, could the feds “encourage” Poindexter to lay low and not push his case against Vick [for fear of jeopardizing Vick’s cooperation]? If so, this could go on for years.

  19. nora says:

    All the Dog fighters (animal abusers, torturers and murderers) need to be “euthanized” and “put down”. I really like Donna’s comment above. But of course first take E. Hamilton’s resolve on that and seize ALL their assets.

  20. andrew says:

    why do i get the feeling that all comments other than mine left on this page are left by white people…jealous of the fact that dmx hase money and yall dont…boxing, UFC and all other shows that come on the VS channel even hockey have brutal outcomes…but when a territorial animal kills another its wrong…i guess God messed up when he made pitbulls.

  21. Traci says:

    Troll alert?

  22. Gindy says:

    Jealous of that trash? Puhlease. pull your head out of your posterior regions and WAKE up.
    NO one is jealous of people like this. Normal humans are disgusted with them on a visceral level (get a dictionary of you don’t know the meaning of the word) that makes you want to puke your guts out every time you hear their name or see their face.
    Besides, why be jealous of someone who is going to prison or who is going to end up dead in a few years due to gang violence?

  23. catmom5 says:

    Andrew, this is not about color or money. It’s about compassion and caring for all living creatures. There are a lot of black “heroes” who make the world a better place, and I wish they were the ones who got more press. Pits are wonderful dogs and it’s the people who make them vicious and mean.
    I wouldn’t change places with these guys for all the money in the world. Jealous? NOPE!!!

  24. nora says:

    ANDREW, get a clue brother. No jealousy of DMX. A few years ago I actually enjoyed some of his music, but I outgrew it……. Your comment reeks of immaturity and greed. GROW UP.

  25. Furbabies says:

    I am sick of ignorant, violent people. The ones that engage in dogfighting and the unintelligent fools that support and excuse them. This is what a lack of education and the refusal to become civilized and responsible citizens will produce. Also, this has nothing to do with race, religion or nationality. I know white, brown and black people that have absolutely no regard for any life form other than their own. It’s call being a sociopath. And that doesn’t discriminate.

  26. 2CatMom says:

    And trust us, Andrew, if some white guys get convicted for dogfighting and are sent to jail, everyone single person on this blog will dance in the streets. We want dogfighting stopped period.

  27. Pit Bull Lover says:

    *sigh* I’m sorry if some people think the outrage over Vick’s dogfighting/gambling/dog murdering is a tempest in a teapot and more important issues are being ignored. However, dogfighting, overbreeding and irresponsible ownership of “pit bulls,” breed specific legislation, consumer discrimination (insurance companies refusing to insure households with certain breeds of dogs, and rental companies refusing to lease to applicants with certain breeds of dogs), and perhaps most of all, the myths and public misperceptions about the “pit bull” breeds, are tops on my list of animal welfare issues.

    No, I don’t think the pet food crisis is over, and no, I don’t feel the pet food companies - or the FDA - have been appropriately dealt with. One thing I do know is that thousands more pit bulls are killed *every* year - in animal shelters, by negligent or abusive owners, and in dogfighting pits - than pets were sickened and killed by tainted food over the last year. That is NOT to say that one issue is more important than another. (I would say the same thing to anyone who says animal cruelty and dogfighting are non-issues compared with child abuse, spousal abuse, murder, etc.) There is enough outrage to go around for ALL of these things, and attention to one does necessarily exclude activism for another.

    As the human cohort of a loving American Pit Bull Terrier, Bunny, it’s true that the Vick debacle consumes a lot of my attention lately. But I have not forgotten about the poisoned food, the poisoners, the liars, the politicians, and the profiteers.

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