Rapper DMX Arrested for Animal Abuse

Arizona authorities charge Earl Simmons with seven counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Posted: May 13, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

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Earl Simmons, aka DMX, was arrested at his Arizona home on Friday on suspicion of animal abuse and felony drug possession.

The Maricopa County sheriff’s office executed a search warrant on Simmons’ Cave Creek home in connection with a months-long investigation into reports that the actor and rap star had malnourished dogs on his property. In August, authorities seized 12 dogs that appeared malnourished.

“A guy like this DMX character with all his money and fame has no excuse for not providing proper care for his animals,” Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told The Associated Press. “He has a long criminal history and obviously has no respect for the law.”

At first Simmons refused to talk to the police, holing himself up in a bedroom. The police convinced Simmons to cooperate, and later searched the home and confiscated several weapons, drugs, and five pit bull puppies, who were taken to a nearby women’s prison where inmates will look after them.

Simmons was taken to jail and charged with seven misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and four counts of felony drug possession. He was released on $7,500 bail and is due back in court on May 15.

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ahri   canton, MA

7/1/2009 6:35:09 PM

i think u guys should leave dmx alone because he may have not have been able to take care of his dog because he was either making a new movie or a new album so i feel sorry for the dog but i feel that if he didn't put his dog in a dog fighting arena he probably loved it unlike some actors,rappers,or sport players like Micheal Vick

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Edward   Ocean City, MD

12/31/2008 7:28:02 AM

He's no more than a P O S.There is and never will be an excuse for abusing animals.If they were children he'd be behind bars instantly.If they were malnourished I'm sure there were other abuses also.I say "FEED HIM TO THE LIONS'

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Tina   Kemah, TX

5/31/2008 5:02:00 AM

You know, stuff like this makes me "PHYSICALLY SICK." A person with all that money and then starves dogs. He should be starved and see how he likes it. If you don't want to take care of the animals or if you don't have the means to do so( which we all know HE DID)than don't have them in the first place. He's nothing but a piece of crap and believe me I am being really, really nice and keeping my true oponion clean, just for the doggy channel.

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kino   spring valley, CA

5/13/2008 7:37:04 PM

thanks

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