DMX gets 90 days in jail for animal cruelty, possession


Rapper DMX (Earl Simmons) has received a sentence of 90 days in jail for several charges in Arizona. Amongst the charges: animal cruelty, identity theft and drug possession. Considering the charges, ninety days sounds like too little.

Last May, authorities raided DMX’s Arizona property. They found dead and malnourished pit bulls. In the summer of 2007, they found the remains of three dead pit bulls and took away 12 others that were sick and malnourished. Thus, the animal cruelty charges. Personally, I’ve always hoped that judges would start issuing these animal-killers the same kind of treatment they gave to their pets. Let’s cage DMX up, not feed him and force him to fight.

A judge in Arizona sentenced rapper DMX to 90 days in jail on Friday on drug, theft and animal cruelty charges.

The 38-year-old rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, has been in custody since December.

Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Phemonia Miller gave Simmons no credit for time served and placed him on 18 months of supervised probation.

The rapper turned actor, whose hit albums include “Year of the Dog … Again” and “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot,” has been in legal trouble during the past year in Arizona, where he keeps a home near Phoenix.

In May, he was arrested on drug and animal cruelty charges after sheriff’s deputies raided his home. Authorities found dog carcasses and malnourished pit bulls.

He also was charged with assuming someone’s identity and giving false information during a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, in a suspected attempt to avoid paying the bill.

Simmons had pleaded guilty to the charges to settle three criminal cases against him and agreed not to own animals or possess firearms.

“After several run-ins with the law, Mr. Simmons is finally being held accountable for his actions. We will continue to prosecute aggressively all cases involving cruelty to animals,” county attorney Andrew Thomas said in a statement.

Simmons’ attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

[From Reuters]

Ninety days in jail is not “accountability”. If he was just regular Earl Simmons, rather than a famous rapper, who was facing charges of drug possession and animal cruelty, the sentence would be so much more severe.

Here’s DMX and wife Tashera Simmons at the CUN Academy Awards Celebration Dinner in Hollywood in 2007. Image thanks to WENN. Header thanks to Images thanks to Splash.


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  1. audrey says:

    Agreed.. the punishment should fit the crime.. It makes me crazy to hear about animals being abused and neglected.And didnt he have a line of clothing for Dogs at one point? Seem to remember a photo of him and a Pit that was dressed up in a plaid jacket or something silly like that.

  2. Megan says:

    I can’t stand animal cruelty. Life in jail for that kind of crime.

  3. anon says:

    … ermm, he hasn’t hat a hit in a decade. I highly doubt that any judge that he faces even knows who he is. blame the law, not his celebrity. just for starters.

    I’m not defending his actions, but DMX has a crazy drug problem, he’s wanted in a few states, I believe, and for a while he was getting arrested almost fortnightly. He has issues, yeah he can’t take care of his pets.. CUZ HE’S A CRACKHEAD. get this man help, don’t just lock him up.

  4. Orangejulius says:

    Maybe he does need help, and it’s too bad about his drug problem, but that in no way diminishes his egregious treatment of those dogs. There’s just absolutely no way to excuse that kind of cruelty. 90 days? Not even close to enough time – not good karma to wish him ill, but damn, it’s pretty tempting. Bastard.

  5. audrey says:

    candice: wow- what a stupid comment.
    ever heard of Ted Bundy? He was handsome too. I guess you wouldn’t mind this guy DMX around your pets?

  6. elainebenes says:

    You are so right, Kaiser. I cannot stand animals being mistreated, they’re defenseless. The punishment should be the same as the crime.

  7. xiaoecho says:


  8. alliekat says:

    neuter this piece of sh*t. I spit on him.

  9. vdantev says:

    90 days getting starved, beaten and tasered, perhaps. Otherwise, not nearly long enough.

  10. bwoz says:

    Effing psychopath A-hole! Only sociopaths/psychopaths get off on hurting defenseless animals. I bet this b@stard sets fires and wets the bed regularly, too. Look up the triad….

  11. Keekee says:

    INhumane treatment of animals should not be tolerated. The reason people do treat their animals like this is because there is minimal punishment if they do so. We need to toughen up on these freaks, usually serial murders start out this way, first animals then people……

    Keep his stupid ass in jail! And the courts need to get their heads out of their butts on animal abuse. WTF?

  12. Keekee says:


    If they lock him up that should take care of his drug problem and his animal abuse tendencies. Lock him up and throw away the key!

  13. jeffreys bay surfer says:

    send him over to us – our hyenas will make him run for his money.

    and they will laugh whilst ripping him to pieces!

  14. Diva says:

    Locking him up won’t do anything about his drug problem. Drugs will be just as easy for him to get IN jail.

  15. Keekee says:

    Diva, I’m far more concerned with him abusing animals than abusing his own body with drugs. Anyone who is capable of abusing a helpless animal should be locked up in my opinion, and for more than the ridiculous short periods of time the courts are currently sentencing these freaks for.

  16. Nan says:

    The judge is to blame for the light sentence. This scumbag should have received 5 years in jail and a 1 million dollar fine. If we had stiffer penalties for these crimes against animals there woild be a lot less of it. But you take some ignorant creep like this who thinks he’s above the law, give him money and a little fame and he thinks he’s a big shot. 5 years in jail might knock some of that arrogance out of him.

  17. Codzilla says:

    What a piece of shit. I think jeffreys bay surfer has the right idea: Toss him to the hyenas and see how he likes the roll reversal.

  18. Codzilla says:

    Uh, that would be “role.” Didn’t Britney make the same mistake? Excuse my while I go slit my wrists …

  19. Annie says:

    I hate anyone who can do any kind of cruelty to an animal.

    I don’t even like it when people have “outdoor” dogs.

    Sorry. My puppies belong IN the house and WITH the family, not on the outskirts.

    Bah. DMX, why am I not surprised?

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