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DMX Should Be Nailed Inside a Doghouse

Written by PETA | August 30, 2008
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Loyal readers of The PETA Files know that this is not the first time we have mentioned rapper DMX (whose real name is Earl Simmons). If we wrote about him anymore, we’d have to give him his own chapter filed under “Cruel Scum”—a title that is probably still too kind.

Well, we’re sick of DMX … again—and all the other celebrities who think power, money, or fame will get them off the hook for mistreating animals.

We have written a letter to Andrew P. Thomas, the judge overseeing Simmons’ charges stemming from a 2007 police raid of the rapper’s property north of Phoenix, where 12 pit bulls were reportedly found neglected, malnourished, and messed up. We’re asking that Thomas—if Simmons is convicted of these charges—impose a sentence that forbids Simmons from owning or harboring any animals for as long as possible, that imposes a truly meaningful period of incarceration, and that requires him to undergo a thorough psychological evaluation followed by mandatory counseling at his own expense.

In one particularly cruel situation, police apparently found puppies who had been left in their cages so long that they needed to be cut out of them.

DMX has an extensive criminal past—including a similar raid that took place at his home in New Jersey in 2002 (during which police found 13 pit bulls on his property) as well as an arrest for illegal drug possession. People who abuse animals often go on to abuse or even kill humans. Remember Jeffrey Dahmer and Dennis Rader (aka “BTK Killer”), who abused and killed animals for practice prior to killing humans?

You can read our full letter here:

 

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Letter to DMX

 

Written by Jennifer Cierlitsky

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  • Rachel says:

    When i sit hear and read some of the comments saying that animal activist need to get a grip i just want to ask them how ignorant are you?I hope this reaches someone capable of rational clear thought.Pit bulls are dogs just like any other dog they have the capacity to be loved and give love.i own 2 of them myself.sadly to fight an animal foodwater and loveaffection has to be withheld to create an aggresive nature in the animal.This takes time and effort to do so.So when i hear people say that he didnt intend for this to happen…pull your head out of your ass.yes he did.I bet if he read that comment even he would laugh at how easy it is to brainwash white middle class boys who emulate him.Some of his dogs died in his house bcuz they were locked in crates with no water and “apparently the air condt. was broken”.How the hell do you let something like that happen?Do you know how long and agonizing it is to die of heat stroke and dehydration.its loooong and slooow.Shame on him isnt the right word.B4 i start saying everything i want done to him.I want those dogs taken care of first then we can work out what he deserves which is too much for me to type out here.at least a healthy jail sentence since this is the 2nd time.which seems like and understatement given the level of abuse going on both times.We need to send a message to our law makers.Animal cruelty is still considered a misdemeanor in many states.We need to change the law and make it a felony and we as a people can do this.thats what made this country great.Speak up make some change.we have been sitting quiet for too long.People that do this need to fear the backlash so much that they dont even want to risk doing it in the first place.We need to change the laws.the fact that these dogs are hated by so manypeople because they are “mean” is sickening.we neeed to stop the people who are breeding and creating monsters.bcuz these animals arent born monsters im sick of hearing thatespecially by people who have limited if any contact with these breeds.for every one that has been “mean” there are many more who are cared for and perectly docile.

  • Nadine says:

    It sickens me when ‘rappers’ glorify pet abuse. We have a pit bull and we would never think of treating her with anything other then the utmost respect and love.

  • Samantha says:

    Just goes to prove how ignorent some people are. I live in Phoenix and this is an outrage. I also own a 10 month old pitbill who is by far the best dog i’ve even owned. Cruelty to ANY animal should be punished with the same treatment the person gave the dog! Lock his ass in a tiny dark crate……case closed.

  • Angel says:

    When judges let criminals get away with crueity they need to be recalled or it will never end.

  • vegancoin says:

    This michael vick wannabe belongs in jail just like all animal abusers everywhere.

  • Lovemy3rescue dogs says:

    It is a shame that our males get such enjoyment from abusing animals especially dogs. It is not right. We need to change this perception. You are not stronger because you abuse animals. You just show how coward and a scum of earth you truly are. Respect all life! It is all our right. DMX you gotta be ashamed of yourself. BOYCOT DMX!

  • Amber Falobas says:

    I HOPE THEY SERIOUSLY DO SOMETHING!! I used to listen to DMX when I was little and am terribly ashamed of myself now. I no longer listen to him and I hope God strikes him down with a big ‘ol lightning bolt!

  • Nicole says:

    Are you kidding me? Another Micheal Vick wannabe? These pieces of crap should be put in cramped cage and left to starve. I hope he loses everything just like vick. What a scumbag!

  • Allie says:

    I am just curious… how did he ” not intend for this to happen”? It’s his home correct? His dogs? and they didnt get taken care of? hmmm… still not seeing how that statement has any validity at all..

  • james says:

    firstly…the chances that he enjoys hurting animals is close to zero. furthermore…dmx is most likely not going to go bankrupt as he is releasing two albums and is currently filming a reality tv show. innocent till proven guilty you keep eating this biased information when you dont even know anything about dmx nor his music. keep giving him this publicity im sure it will only put more cash in his bank. dnt get me wrong i like the PETA and i beleive cruelty against animals is wrong but i dont beleive that dmx intended for this to happen

  • lizzie wood says:

    i think its sik how ppl wear make up n they dont no wear it has cum fra i think britain should do a make up strike

  • adele says:

    THANKYOU PETA! FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE AND CONTINUE TO DO FOR ANIMALS. DMX IS ANOTHER HEARTLESS COLDBLOODED ANIMAL ABUSER. I CANNOT STAND TO EVEN THINK ABOUT HIM. HE SHOULD BE IN JAIL AND SO SHOULD ALL ANIMAL ABUSERS!

  • Brandie R says:

    It is extremely upsetting that anyone with a known name these days thinks that their fame or money will buy them out of a sticky situation that would otherwise punsih the average person. I constantly hear DMX’s name in the tabloid news and wonder why anyone even cares what he is up to these days. I agree that people who are charged with mistreating animals should never be allowed to own an animal as long as they live. It should be illegal to house over a certain number of digs anyway. Dog fighting is no only cruel but it messes the dog up mentally. Any dog is liable to snap because it is afterall an animal. BUT to train a dog to do what it otherwise wouldn’t on a normal day is wrong. Hopefully he’ll get the punishment he deserves and hopefully it’ll be a strong punishment that will last.

  • Alicia P says:

    To Concerned who claims animal activists don’t have a grip on reality we are the ones that know all to well the reality that animals face and why because people like you so easily turn a blind eye to the pain they face because you think people are the only important species. You know speciests like you disgust me. Every innocent life should hold value notice I used the word INNOCENT DMX is nowhere close to innocent so therefore he should rot like he left his animals to.

  • Jennifer says:

    DMX is disgusting!! I mailed his CD’s back to his label so the best thing we can do is spread the word and NOT buy any of his music!

  • Concerned says:

    that we show more concern and outrage for the treatment of dogs that wouldn’t even exist but for our sadistic entertainment in the first place shows how uncivilized and bored some of us are. in jail for life? scum? i can provide you with a litany of examples of how you probably contribute the death of humans daily without even knowing it. i can provide with more examples of things you do that you could stop but woudnt that would contribute the death of humans. lets be real. animals suffer like everything else because humans dont seem to have a grip on reality. that includes animal activists.

  • Helena Vrettou says:

    I wish you were here in Greece and help us with animals. They suffer a lot here from negletion abuse malnutrition. Hundreds of dogs in the roads! I envy a country with an organisation like PETA !

  • Heather Murphy says:

    I can’t believe that shit. Well I can since its DMX but still. Who really needs to abuse animals for fun? Why doesn’t he go spend all of his money he makes on a fucking stuffed animal he can abuse all he wants. Pricks piss me off so much animal abusers should be in jail as long as someone would be abusing humans. We are all earthlings ALL of us feel pain.

  • marie says:

    this piece of crap needs to be put behind bars…no question about it..

  • Amanda says:

    Thanks PETA for all you do for pit bulls.As an owner I am constantly amazed at the stupidity of the human race. I hope DMZ gets locked up for the rest of his life and can NEVER own another animal.

  • drew says:

    This type of culture that he and that worst bunch represent and appeal to is a destructive social organism that is foul to anything it gets its hands on. The fact is that this kind of culture and its members need to be recognized as the enemy of our civilization. This despicable and violent and socially destructive organism needs to be rejected across the board not just becuase of any one thing it does. It simply harms anything it gets near due to its evil nature. It is destructive to all decent relations between any beings human or animal and it has been allowed to spread like the black plague. Simply the root should be attacked and removed from our society and then the branches will not be there to harm anything they touch. What is in these people is proven by its fruit to be vile. It needs to be abollished and its infected members removed from anywhere in our society.

  • Ashley says:

    Well you know what it’s coming back to him because his albums sells are so poor he wont have any money..he’s really broke!

  • SASHA says:

    THANK YOU PETA !! YOU KEEP THE PRESSURE ON THEM !!! AS ALWAYS PETA IS THERE FOR ALL THE ANIMALS !! I KNOW WRITING THAT LETTER WILL HELP THOSE POOR DOGS THAT HAVE BEEN ABUSED AND TORTURED WITH NEGLECT. IT’S SO CRUEL . I CAN’T BELEIVE HOW BADLY PITBULLS ARE TREATED. I WISH RAPPERS WOULDN’T GIVE THEMSELFS SUCH A “BAD RAP”. I HOPE FELLOW HIPHOP AND RAPPERS WILL SPEAK UP AGAINST ALL THIS PITBULL ABUSE AND START HELPING ANIMALS

  • B Ray says:

    I hope the Judge will give DMX the same punishment as Vick. Hopefully he too will be forced into bankruptcy and lose everything he owns. People should boycott anything to do with him I know I am.

  • Kelly says:

    He should be in jail for life.

  • Becky says:

    Hello Wow is all i can say. After watching the Micheal Vick special on Animal Planet I didnt think that there were anymore Rappers out there that were that Cruel. Hopefully they can be stopped. The animals dont deserve how they are treated. I believe the people who make these animals suffer should suffer the same way they make the animals suffer.

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