R&B singer Jaheim arrested for 'STARVING 15 emaciated dogs left in feces-filled crates' after one had to be put down
R&B singer Jaheim has been accused of starving up to 15 "emaciated" dogs after police say they were left in crates filled with feces.
The star – full name Jaheim Hoagland, 44 – faces a charge of third-degree animal cruelty after one of the animals had to be put down.
Up to six dogs were found in crates on the driveway of Jaheim's New Jersey home, according to authorities.
A further nine were found in "varying stages of emaciation, without access to food and water", prosecutors said.
The Hillsborough Township Police Department had responded to a report of "a puppy in distress" on Monday morning.
In a statement the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office said: "One of the dogs located was initially unresponsive in a water filled crate and subsequently had to be euthanized.
"Additional dogs were found inside of separate crates which were partially filled with several inches of water and dog feces.
"An additional nine dogs were located inside of the residence in varying stages of emaciation, without access to food and water."
Police said they recovered 12 mixed-breed pit bull terriers, two American Staffordshire terriers and one mixed-breed boxer.
Officials said a mixed-breed pit bull terrier was found unresponsive and had to be put down.
Hoagland had been "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," officials said.
He also faces a charge of failure to provide necessary care to an animal.
The surviving dogs have been taken to Long Hill Kennel in Hillsborough.
A representative for platinum-selling artist Hoagland has so far not commented. The Sun has reached out.
He was being held in the Somerset County Jail ahead of a court hearing.
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