DMX has been arrested in Arizona for the second time this week.
When police raided the rapper's house at the weekend, they found an unspecified amount of illegal drugs, weapons and five pit bull terrier puppies.
He has subseqeuently been charged with drug possession and on suspicion of animal cruelty.
The charge follows an ongoing seven-month-long investigation into animal cruelty. Last August, police seized 12 neglected dogs from the property, and found the remains of three others buried in the back yard. The rapper, real name Earl Simmons, blamed a caretaker who had been entrusted with the task of caring for the dogs.