Animal rights activists are calling for rapper DMX to be "vigorously prosecuted" following his animal cruelty arrest on Friday (09May08).
The hitmaker, real name Earl Simmons, was charged with seven misdemeanour counts of cruelty when police stormed his home in Arizona and took five pit bull terrier puppies into care.
He was also charged with drug possession, but it's the dog cruelty rap which has prompted People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals officials to send an urgent plea to Maricopa County Attorney Andrew P. Thomas urging his office to push for harsh punishment for the rapper.
In August (07), authorities discovered 12 reportedly neglected, malnourished, and scarred pit bulls on Simmons' Arizona property.
And PETA bosses think it's high time DMX was taught a lesson.
In an action alert on its popular website, PETA urges visitors to contact Thomas and demand that Simmons is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
PETA cruelty caseworker Peter Wood writes, "Simmons appears to be either unable or unwilling to provide even the most basic care for animals. People who demonstrate such blatant disregard for life and desensitization to suffering can pose a serious risk to all animals-including humans-with whom they come into contact."
PETA is asking that, if convicted and in addition to serving a period of incarceration, Simmons be prohibited from owning or harbouring animals and that he be required to undergo a thorough psychological evaluation followed by mandatory counselling.