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Former Alabama defensive lineman charged with animal cruelty

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Former Alabama defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs has been charged with animal cruelty, according to a civil suit filed Wednesday in Tuscaloosa County District Court. The Tuscaloosa Patch was the first to report the news.

Tuscaloosa police have obtained multiple arrest warrants for Buggs for second-degree cruelty to dogs or cats. According to court documents, two dogs were found locked on Buggs’ rental property on March 28 by Tuscaloosa Animal Control. Tuscaloosa Assistant District Attorney Thomas Marshall wrote that animal control found the dogs “severely malnourished, emaciated and neglected and the residence appeared to be abandoned.” .”

The animals were seized by Tuscaloosa Animal Control that same day. A neighbor told police the dogs had been on the porch for 10 days. The lawsuit also said the rental property where the dogs were found appeared abandoned.

The court filing stated that one of the dogs, a pit bull, was euthanized by the Tuscaloosa County Metro Animal Shelter due to failed heartworm treatment and aggressive behavior. Marshall requested an animal control hearing for the surviving dog, a Rottweiler mix. The rottweiler mix remains in the care of the Tuscaloosa County Metro Animal Shelter, where it will remain until the hearing determines whether Buggs can continue to own it.

Buggs played for Alabama in 2017 and 2018 before being selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He recently won Super Bowl LVIII as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

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