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The investigation continues into the allegations of animal abuse on rapper DMX’s Arizona property.
In August, twelve pit bulls were removed from DMX’s house during a raid. Authorities also dug up several dog bodies in the backyard. Late last month, investigators found serious wounds on two of the dogs that were found buried.
Now, there are new details into DMX’s animal cruelty case. Authorities said that several of the twelve pit bulls suffered from valley fever, an infectious lung disease. Also, three of the dogs found buried in the backyard may have died from the heat after the air conditioning broke down.
Forensic reports released from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said the bodies of the dogs were “significantly decomposed, the head and rear quarters and legs had a white trash bag around them; the body was wrapped in a dirt-stained beige fitted sheet and inside a clear plastic bag; all placed inside a white body bag.”
The report also showed possible signs of bruising on the left side and shoulder of a 60-pound pit bull.
Brad Blackwell, the caretaker for the dogs, reported to authorities that he told DMX that he could only take care of the dogs for a few days before going on vacation.
DMX’s attorney said Blackwell was being paid to care for the dogs and added that he had not left on vacation.
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