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Things Worsen For DMX’s Ongoing Dog Investigation
October 7th, 2007 | Author: Paul W Arnold
Results from necropsies conducted on canine carcasses discovered during a raid of DMXs home have returned. The exams conducted by a veterinarian examiner with the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office reveal that one of the animals had shoulder fractures, wounds consistent with dog bites on both of its right legs, and had been burned. Another one of the three deceased dogs was also found to have apparent dog bite injuries on its lower right leg. And the remaining animal appears to have suffered blunt force trauma to its shoulder, and additional trauma to the chest and abdomen area.
The pit bulls shallow graves were discovered after an anonymous tip was received by the sheriff offices animal cruelty complaint hotline that undernourished dogs with dry water bowls were seen at the Cave Creek, Arizona property owned by DMX. Nearly three weeks of subsequent investigation were conducted, with seven different visits being made to the property from August 3rd to August 22nd, in an attempt to resolve the alleged neglect before the August 24th raid.
According to reports, the dogs were to have been being cared for by a Bradley Blackwell while DMX was out of town. Mr. Blackwell told investigators about the buried dogs when they arrived at the property for the raid, stating that they had likely died in their cages in the home when the air conditioning system broke. Blackwell also informed deputies that he had warned DMX that he could only provide food and water to the dogs for a couple of days because he was going on vacation. DMXs New York attorney, Murray Richman, has denied this claim, stating that Blackwell had been paid by DMX to care for the dogs and that he had not left his care taking obligations to go on vacation.
In addition to the discovery of the graves, during the raid Sheriffs deputies seized a dozen more dogs that had been left outside in the 100+ degree Arizona heat without water and food.
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