Chief Ministers arrested and acquitted in animal cruelty case

Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Isaiah Bucks turned himself in to the Tuscaloosa County Jail Thursday after allegedly abusing two dogs.

A spokesperson for the Tuscaloosa Police Department confirmed to WIAT in Birmingham, Alabama that Bucks turned himself in to jail Thursday, a day after two misdemeanor warrants were filed against him.

Bucks was booked and released on $600 bail and faces a June 13 court hearing. Leaving the jail and getting into a van, he refused to answer questions from reporters.

According to court documents, the Tuscaloosa Police Department received information that two dogs had been abandoned on the back porch of a home rented by Bucks. Officers and animal control officers found a gray and white pit bull and a black Rottweiler in a screened-in back hall without access to food or water.

Both dogs appeared malnourished and neglected, and the residence appeared abandoned. Witnesses told police Bucks had recently left the home. Both dogs were captured and the pit bull was eventually euthanized.

Buggs' agent, Trey Robinson, denied the allegations Wednesday and said his client was the victim of a “vicious campaign” to force him to close a hookah lounge he owns in Tuscaloosa.

“Under no circumstances does Mr. Bucks condone the mistreatment of any animal,” Robinson said in a statement. “The dogs in question did not belong to him and he had no idea they were on the property in question.”

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In his statement, Robinson said Bucks was “arrested on two separate occasions in the past two months on misdemeanor charges at his hookah lounge, but in each case no public record was made of these arrests.” Robinson said the city is using the charges against Bucks as “power” to get him to surrender his business license.

Bucs, 27, played three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and two with the Detroit Lions before joining the practice squad in January. The Bucs re-signed him to a futures contract in February.

Information from ESPN's Adam Teicher was used in this report.

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