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Rapper DMX arrested on suspicion of abusing pit bulls

May 12, 2008 |  3:33 pm

Dmx_2 Rapper DMX was arrested Friday -- for the second time in a week -- in connection with a raid on his house last summer that allegedly turned up weapons, drugs, dog carcasses and abused pit bulls.

The Arizona Republic reports:

After a 7-month investigation, Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies arrested Earl Simmons, better known as rapper DMX, at his Cave Creek home early Friday morning on suspicion of misdemeanor animal cruelty and felony drug possession.

The arrest stems from a raid by deputies on the rapper's home in August, which led to the seizure of 12 dogs that appeared malnourished and the discovery of three more dogs buried in the backyard.

The rapper tried to barricade himself in his bedroom while the search warrant was being served, but he eventually emerged, authorities said.

DMX had been arrested Tuesday on suspicion of driving up to 114 miles per hour on a highway.

It's hardly a surprise that a search of DMX's house would turn up pit bulls. After all, one of his recent albums was called "Year of the Dog...Again," and he does have song hooks that feature barking dogs.

DMX was convicted of animal cruelty in New Jersey in 1999 for housing 13 pit bulls in tight cages, and agreed to record a public service announcement against cruelty as part of his plea deal, according to the Republic.

To the surprise of sheriff's deputies, who found five pit bull puppies at his house Friday, DMX continued to keep dogs at his house even after the raid last summer. "He had to know that we were still investigating him," Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told the Republic.

The puppies were taken away and will now be in the care of jail inmates.

-- Tony Barboza

Photo: Frank Miceotta/Getty Images

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