Chiefs’ Isaiah Buggs facing animal cruelty charges after police seize ‘severely malnourished’ dogs

The off-season woes continue for the defending super bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, as defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs is facing misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after police seized two malnourished dogs abandoned on his rented property.

Police in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, were called to a home on Diamond Circle in March and found a grey and white pit bull on a screened-in back porch surrounded by feces with no access to food or water, court documents filed Wednesday state. A black rottweiler mix was found “locked in a metal cage in direct sunlight with no access to food or water.”

Authorities filed two warrants for second-degree cruelty to dogs against Buggs.

Trey Robinson, an agent for Buggs, said his client “vehemently denies the truthfulness of the allegations and charges asserted against him.”

“Under no circumstance does Mr. Buggs condone the mistreatment of any animal,” Robinson said in an emailed statement.

He said the dogs do not belong to Buggs and he did not know they remained at the property.

Both dogs were “severely malnourished, emaciated and neglected,” the documents state. The home, which was being rented by Buggs, appeared to be abandoned, according to the document.

A neighbor told police that the dogs had been on the back porch for at least 10 days.

Witnesses said Buggs moved out of the home around March 19, the documents state. Authorities said the NFL athlete had received a notice of termination in April due to owing more than $3,000 in back rent.

Authorities said they tried to reach Buggs, 27, but their attempts have been unsuccessful. The pit bull was euthanized in April due to increasing aggressiveness and failure to respond to heartworm treatment, according to the documents.

The rottweiler, which is three years old, weighed only 52 pounds and tested positive for canine parvovirus, a highly contagious disease that attacks the gastrointestinal tract and the white blood cells.

Robinson, Buggs’ agent, accused the city and police department of trying to smear Buggs’ “name and reputation as part of an on-going subversive campaign to force the close of his local business,” Kings Hookah Lounge.

“These efforts are not new as Mr. Buggs was arrested at his business on misdemeanor charges on two separate occasions in the past two months, but each time no public record was made of these arrests,” Robinson said. “Rather, the City used the threat of pursuing and publicizing both the allegations filed … as leverage against Mr. Buggs by offering to drop and not pursue them in exchange for his voluntary surrender of his business license.”

Robinson did not say why he believes the city and police department are trying to force his client to shut down his hookah lounge. NBC News reached out to a city attorney and the Tuscaloosa Police Department for comment.

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