The bodies of three dogs were found during a raid of rapper DMX’s Arizona home. One body was burned too badly to tell how the dog died, but the second body had bite wounds and the third had severe abdominal wounds.
Twelve other dogs were found starving without food, water, or relief from the extreme heat. The dogs also had numerous wounds. At this time, it isn’t known if these dogs were used in dog fighting or if they had fought over food.
DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, pleaded guilty to charges related to animal cruelty in 2002 to avoid jail time and was required to make Public Service Announcements against animal cruelty.
DMX’s lawyer claims that regarding this latest incident, his client had not been home for months and that a caretaker had neglected the dogs. However, this contradicts neighbors’ reports of seeing DMX at his home three weeks before the raid.