August 25, 2007
Arizona police served a search warrant at rapper DMX's Phoenix-area home Friday and found malnourished pit bulls, the bodies of dogs buried in the ground, and even a stash of firearms.
Police made no arrests.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says his office got a tip about dogs in bad shape at a Phoenix area home. DMX's real name is Earl Simmons.
Arpaio says detectives went to the home, saw the dogs and then called Simmons' lawyer to tell him to take care of the animals. Friday, police returned to the home and seized the dogs.
DMX was not at home during the raid. His lawyer says his client has not been at his Arizona home for at least two months.
The dogs were taken to an old jail that has been converted into an animal shelter. Inmates that are part of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office animal M.A.S.H unit are taking care of the dogs.