Grammy-nominated R&B singer Jaheim was arrested and charged with animal cruelty on Monday after police found six dogs in partially water-filled crates, as well as several other pets in troubling conditions at the artist’s home in Hillsborough, New Jersey.
While the six dogs in the crates were found on the driveway, the additional nine dogs were found inside the house “in varying stages of emaciation” without food and water, My Central Jersey reported.
Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson said one mixed-breed pitbull terrier, which was initially unresponsive in a crate, was euthanized. The other 14 pets were examined and released to Long Hill Kennel in the township.
When police responded to the home after getting a call about a puppy in distress, they found the six dogs in separate animal crates. After hearing barking from inside the house, officers entered the home. Officers spotted more pets sitting in crates filled with several inches of water and dog feces.
Jaheim, who was charged with third-degree animal cruelty and failure to provide necessary care to an animal, was also arrested for an unrelated probation warrant.
“Responding Officers encountered the homeowner identified as defendant Jaheim H. Hoagland outside of the residence. Defendant Hoagland was placed under arrest for an unrelated Somerset County Violation of Probation Warrant, along with two active Municipal Court Warrants from Hillsborough Township and Newark, New Jersey,” the Somerset County Prosecutor Office stated.
The 44-year-old New Brunswick, New Jersey, native sold five million records worldwide during his career and received three Grammy nominations. His first album, Ghetto Love, debuted in 2001. A year later, he released Still Ghetto, which featured singles such as “Put That Woman First” and “Fabulous.”