Saturday, August 25, 2007

Rapper DMX - Dogs Dead/Abused (Vick?)

Here's one to watch closely. (I wonder if perhaps Mike Vick 'spilled the beans' on this guy.)

Associated Press reports that the home of rapper DMX (real name Earl Simmons) was raided by Maricopa County (AZ) sheriffs on Friday after not taking action on the care of his dogs (previous visit found the dogs were not being fed or watered).

DMX claims to have been out of town for a couple of months and that the 'caretaker' is responsible. Sheriffs confiscated 12 pit bulls "tied up" in the backyard, and found other dogs buried there, including one that appears to have been burned.

You know, I 'get it' (just barely) when people find they are having a tough time taking care of an animal. But when people with money can't adequately take care of their pets, there is something really wrong. I lived in NYC for 13 years, and even the homeless there made sure their dogs were fed first. Yes, a lot of people on the street, with dog in tow, begged for dry dog food; poor, but responsible.

Unfortunately, that doesn't appear to be quite the case with DMX. Twelve dogs 'tied' and others buried (including one burned to death)? And "those dogs are practically his family"? Let's hope the guy never has kids.

I'll be following up on this. DMX can share The Dog House with Mike Vick (it's getting crowded in there.) In the meantime, to read the AP story on Comcast - click on this link.

1 comment:

  1. As the Chair of Animal, I have been horrified to learn about dogfighting and the cruel torturing, maiming, and killing that takes place in it. I am saddened that celebrities like athlete Michael Vick and rapper DMX have been implicated in such unbelievably bloody crimes. The blogosphere seems to focus on the wrong questions, IMHO. Instead of, "Are animals as important as humans?", the real question should be, "Do animals suffer?"

    Like humans, animals are sentient beings who feel pain. That is not only an intuitive reality, but a scientific fact. We are instructed by all of the worlds major faiths to care for animals in responsible, loving ways. It is our moral and spiritual obligation to protect them. Please join us on October 4th, 2007, in cities all around the world to celebrate "World Animal Day". On that day, animals will be blessed and honored, and we will hopefully all realize how lucky we are to have them in our world. For more information, search on the words "World Animal Day" for a celebration near you.

    Nancy J. Cronk
    Founder, Chair and Chaplain
    Interfaith Association of Animal Chaplains

    Nancy J. Cronk
    Founder, Chair and Chaplain
    Interfaith Association of Animal Chaplains


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