Fact Check

Was DMX Arrested in a Dogfighting Ring Bust in 2014?

An article from the now-defunct website Infossip gained traction on social media, supposedly providing photo evidence of the raid.

Published Dec. 27, 2014

 (Wikimedia Commons/John Mueller, CC BY 2.5)
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/John Mueller, CC BY 2.5
Rapper DMX was arrested in 2014 for running a dogfighting ring.

In this example collected via Twitter in December 2014:

Origins:   In December 2014, the website Infossip published an article claiming rapper Earl Simmons, better known by his stage name of DMX, had been arrested for running an underground dogfighting ring:

An investigation into organized dog fighting resulted in the arrests of 8 individuals including Earl Simmons, better known by stage name as rapper DMX. According to authorities, 102 pit bulls from which 39 were still puppies were seized from the rapper's home by an animal control unit. Authorities tell us the dogs were so malnourished their ribs were sticking out and others had bad wounds that required emergency care. The lifeless bodies of 7 dogs were also found on the property.

Federal state and local officials announced the arrests on Friday. Around $400,000 in cash that investigators believe was tied to illegal gambling on dog fights was also seized.

The article quickly went viral, and since Infossip doesn't have a clear disclaimer labeling the website as a satirical fake news publication, thousands of people took to Facebook and Twitter to share their displeasure with the rapper:

While it is true DMX was arrested in 2008 for animal cruelty, the story about his purported 2014 arrest on charges related to dogfighting is a complete work of fiction: Infossip was the only source to report on this "news," and the photos used in this fake news article were actually taken from a dogfighting raid in August 2013 which resulted in the arrest of eight people (none of whom were named DMX or Earl Simmons).

During the hospitalization that preceded DMX's death in 2021, this rumor surfaced once again, along with questions about whether he was tricked into smoking crack.

David Mikkelson founded the site now known as snopes.com back in 1994.