Kansas City Chiefs DL Isaiah Buggs Handed 2 Animal Cruelty Arrest Warrants

    Isaiah Buggs of the Chiefs is accused of mistreating two dogs at a rental home in Tuscaloosa County. He's now facing animal cruelty charges.

    The troubled offseason for the Kansas City Chiefs took a new turn on Wednesday, this time involving defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs.

    Per court records obtained by Ryan Phillips of the Tuscaloosa Patch, two misdemeanor warrants of animal cruelty have been filed against the Super Bowl-winning defender in Tuscaloosa County.

    The documents reveal that the Tuscaloosa Police Department received a report of two dogs being left on the back porch of a home rented out by Buggs, who played his college football at the University of Alabama. Officers and animal control officials discovered a Rottweiler and pit bull with no access to food or water while out back with a malnourished and abandoned appearance.

    Both dogs not only lacked both necessities but were surrounded by feces and, in the case of the black Rottweiler, were locked in a metal cage while in direct sunlight. The pit bull was eventually euthanized. The Rottweiler, meanwhile, dropped to 52 pounds in weight — considered an unhealthy weight for that specific dog breed.

    One neighbor, per Philips, claims that both animals were left on the back porch for at least 10 days. The residence in Buggs’ name also appeared to be neglected, the petition reads.

    Tuscaloosa police also reported via Phillips that the property had its lease terminated on April 15, as Buggs owed creditors $3,116.90 in back rent. Witnesses around the property claim Buggs moved out of the place on March 19.

    Buggs’ agent, Trey Robinson, shared a statement with ESPN’s Adam Teicher that has denied the charges Buggs faces. Plus he alleged his client is a victim of an ongoing “subversive campaign” to force the closure of the hookah lounge he owns in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Buggs is the reported owner of Kings Hookah Lounge.

    “Under no circumstance does Mr. Buggs condone the mistreatment of any animal,” Robinson said in a statement. “The dogs at issue did not belong to him, and he was unaware they remained at the property in question.”

    Buggs joined the Chiefs in January as a practice squad addition. He went on to sign a futures contract in February. Before Kansas City, Buggs played for the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers. He started in three games for the former last season and has 89 career tackles with 42 solo stops.

    Buggs’ situation adds to the series of legal troubles facing the champs. Wide receiver Rashee Rice was arrested in Dallas in March for his involvement in a six-car collision that injured at least seven people. It was revealed Rice was speeding at 119 miles per hour on a freeway. Rice is currently facing six counts of collision involving injury plus one count of aggravated assault.

    Meanwhile, a pair of K.C. offensive linemen, Wanya Morris and Chukwuebuka Godrick, were arrested on May 17 for misdemeanor marijuana possession in Johnson County, Kansas. Both were booked into jail and then released on a $2,500 bond.

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