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Chiefs’ Isaiah Buggs charged with animal cruelty in Alabama: Reports

Isaiah Buggs, a defensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs and former Alabama standout, is facing misdemeanor charges after being accused of animal cruelty in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, according to court documents filed Wednesday and obtained by the Tuscaloosa Patch and AL.com .

Tuscaloosa police received information on March 28 about two dogs left on the porch of a home that investigators discovered had been rented by Buggs, according to the reports. Witnesses said Buggs had recently moved out of the house, and police reported that Buggs’ lease was terminated in April because he reportedly owed more than $3,100 in back rent.

When police and animal control officers arrived at the home, they found a pit bull on the screened porch surrounded by feces, and a Rottweiler mix locked in a cage in direct sunlight — both without access to food or water, according to the reports.

The dogs were removed from the home because they were “malnourished, emaciated and neglected,” a civil petition alleges, the reports said. An animal shelter later euthanized the pit bull after it became increasingly aggressive and heartworm treatment failed, while the Rottweiler mix — who reached an extremely low weight of 50 pounds and tested positive for a viral disease — remains at the shelter, according to the reports.

Authorities obtained two arrest warrants for Buggs for second-degree cruelty to dogs or cats. The petition asks the court to set a hearing date within the next 10 days to determine whether Buggs is fit to have custody of the Rottweiler mix, the Patch reports.

In a statement to The AthleticsBuggs’ agent, Trey Robinson, denied the allegations and said the charges are part of a “concerted effort” by the city of Tuscaloosa and its police department “to smear Mr. Buggs’ name and reputation as part of an ongoing subversive campaign om is forcing the closure of his local business Kings Hookah Lounge.

“These efforts are not new, as Mr. Buggs has been arrested at his business twice in the past two months on misdemeanor charges, but each time there has been no public record of these arrests,” Robinson said in an email. “Instead, the city used the threat of prosecuting and publicizing both the charges filed today and these arrests as leverage against Mr. Buggs by offering to drop them and not pursue them in exchange for his voluntary surrender of his business license .”

The Chiefs declined to comment on the allegations. A request for comment from Tuscaloosa police was not returned.

Buggs, 27, signed a reserve/future contract with the Chiefs in February after spending last season on the practice squad. He spent two seasons with the Detroit Lions and three with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was selected out of Alabama by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 2019 draft. He has recorded 89 tackles and two sacks in his NFL career.

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