Unfortunately, I wouldn't give the earlier stories much credibiility since most seemed to have come from celebrity gossip sites.
However, a couple a legit news organizations have started to pick up the story. As more updates come in I will post them.
Here is the celebrity/MTV links:
A raid on DMXï¿½??s house in Arizona found three dog corpses and several unattended pitbulls outside. A search of the property yielded three canine corpses, one of which ï¿½??seemed to be burned.ï¿½?? Police also found ï¿½??a large number of weapons, some drug paraphernalia, and a lot of cars that don't match the license plates.ï¿½?? DMX's lawyer claims the rapper hasn't been to his Arizona home for several months and said in a statement:
ï¿½??Earl (DMX's real name) had a caretaker, who obviously wasn't taking care. Earl loves those dogs.ï¿½??
No arrests have been made yet, but what the hell is this? Is DMX taking dog care tips from Michael Vick? What was this caretaker doing that he didnï¿½??t notice a dog being cremated? By the sun! I canï¿½??t believe Iï¿½??m going to say this, but Britney Spears takes better care of her own children than this. Slightly. Maybe not. But at least none of her kids have been discovered dead and burned on the lawn yet. Yet
Deputies with the Maricopa County sheriff's office raided the Cave Creek, Arizona, home of rapper DMX on Friday morning (August 24), and according to a police spokesperson, 12 pit bulls were removed from the residence, all in bad condition. Police would not get into specifics but did say the animals are being tended to by veterinarians.
At this point, DMX (real name: Earl Simmons) has not been officially charged with any crime, but police are still investigating. DMX was not at his home at the time of the raid, during which police also discovered a large cache of weapons. Police do not believe the rapper is in Arizona but would like to question him as part of their investigation
Here ABC and Newsday report:
Simmons' lawyer, Murray Richman, said Simmons hasn't been in Arizona for at least two months and was "extremely disturbed" to hear the animals weren't being cared for properly.
"We had a caretaker that wasn't taking care, that's what happened," Richman said. "He loves dogs he loves these animals. Those dogs are practically his family."
Richman said he hadn't been notified of problems at the property until he learned of the raid Friday. Sheriff's officials said they had contacted another lawyer who works for DMX.
Arpaio said the deputies who served a search warrant at the home Friday seized 12 pit bulls tied up on the property and took them to an old jail that has been converted into an animal shelter.
PHOENIX - Sheriff's deputies raided the home of rapper DMX on Friday, seizing several pit bulls and finding the remains of three other dogs but making no arrests.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office received a tip more than a week ago about dogs being kept in inhumane conditions at the Phoenix-area home, said Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Detectives visited the home and then called one of the rapper's lawyers and told him that the conditions for the animals at the property needed to be improved or deputies would take action, Arpaio said. The dogs were not being fed or given water.