Pit Bulls Removed From DMX's Home
August 27, 2007 at 5:46 AM (PT)
Sheriff's deputies acting on a tip of animal cruelty raided the PHOENIX-area home of rapper-turned-actor DMX and carried out 12 pit bulls in need of immediate medical care, reports KPHO-TV. They said they also found several dogs buried in the backyard of the CAVE CREEK property.
The MARICOPA COUNTY sheriff's deputies said a tip came in more than a week ago about dogs being kept in inhumane conditions, said Sheriff JOE ARPAIO. Detectives went to the home and then called one of the rapper's lawyers, ARAPIO said. Investigators told him that the conditions for the dogs needed to be improved or deputies would obtain a search warrant. Authorities armed with a warrant returned to the home FRIDAY and discovered a dozen dogs that were not being watered or fed.
Investigators also found drug paraphernalia and a cache of weapons inside the home, according ARPAIO. ARPAIO said it does not appear dogfighting was involved, just abuse of dogs. EARL SIMMONS, 36, also known as DMX, was not at home when the raid occurred, according to deupties.
DMX has a history of law-enforcement run-ins. In 1999, during a "Hard Knock Life" tour stop in DENVER, he was arrested and later cleared in the stabbing and shooting of his mother. In 2002, he pleaded guilty to animal cruelty for neglecting 13 pit bulls in his possession.