Tuesday, February 3, 2009

DMX's dogs may get out of jail before he does

DMX's dogs may get out of jail before he does
February 3rd, 2009 @ 5:28am
by Colton Shone/KTAR

For more than a year, 14 dogs seized from Rapper DMX's Cave Creek home have been in the Maricopa County Jail. Now, with DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, serving time in Tent City, Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the dogs are up for adoption.

"Pit mixes, some mastiffs. Eight months old, four of them. Two to five years old, seven of them. The remaining three are older," Arpaio said Monday.

He said the dogs are healthy.

"A few of them may have skin issues, but not serious."

Because they are big dogs, adoptive families will be looked at on an individual basis, especially if they have children, Arpaio said.

If the dogs are not adopted, Arpaio said the jail will continue to provide them homes.

"We will continue to house these animals, even though they are not adopted because I'm totally against euthanizing these dogs," the sheriff said. "So they'll just stay behind bars for the rest of their lives. However, I would hope that we can adopt them out."

Simmons was sentenced last Friday to 90 days in jail and 18 months probation after pleading guilty in three cases involving taking another's identity, animal cruelty and drug possession.

Simmons first ran afoul of the law in August 2007 when sheriff's deputies raided his home in Cave Creek. That raid led to his indictment on animal cruelty charges.

In May 2008, he was arrested again on animal cruelty and drug charges. He failed to appear in a Phoenix court on those charges in December and was arrested in Miami and extradited to Phoenix. • DMX dogs for adoption

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