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Warrants issued for former Steelers DL Isaiah Buggs on animal cruelty charges

Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs, a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, was served with two arrest warrants on alleged animal cruelty charges in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

According to a report from Ryan Phillips of Patch.com and Mike Rodak of 247 Sports, Buggs is charged with animal cruelty in Tuscaloosa, based on civil documents filed Wednesday in Tuscaloosa County District Court. Two arrest warrants have been issued for Buggs Wednesday.

Buggs, now a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, reportedly had two dogs locked up in a compound he rented. According to the court filing by Tuscaloosa County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Marshall, animal control officers found the two dogs locked on the property on March 28.

Officers took the dogs after determining they were “severely malnourished, emaciated, neglected and the residence appeared abandoned,” Marshall wrote in his lawsuit, according to 247 Sports.

In Patch.com’s report, one dog was found on a porch with feces around him and no food or water, while another dog was locked in a cage in direct sunlight without food or water.

According to the report, a neighbor told police that the dogs had been locked on the property for at least 10 days and that the property appeared abandoned. Records showed the house was rented by Buggs, but the lease was broken on April 15 after Buggs allegedly owed $3,116.90 in back rent and moved out on March 19.

One of the dogs was euthanized, while the other remains in the care of a local animal shelter.

Buggs is facing two warrants for second-degree cruelty to a dog or cat after authorities tried to contact him after March 28 but were unable to do so.

The former Alabama defensive lineman signed to the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad on January 4, prior to the Chiefs’ run to the Super Bowl, and was later signed to a Reserve/Futures deal on February 14.

Before signing with the Chiefs, Buggs spent two seasons with the Detroit Lions, part of one season with the Las Vegas Raiders and three seasons with the Steelers.

For his career, Buggs has 89 tackles, 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and four pass deflections. He appeared in 29 games with the Steelers, starting seven games, before being waived on January 8, 2022.

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