Hillsborough, NJ – R&B singer Jaheim — real name Jaheim H. Hoagland — was arrested at his home in Hillsborough, New Jersey on Monday (September 6) where 15 dogs were found living in deplorable conditions, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office reports.
Hillsborough Township Police Department initially responded to a report of a puppy in distress at around 9:16 a.m. on Monday. Upon arrival, police found six dogs on the driveway in seperate crates that were partially filled with feces and inches of water, with one of the dogs unresponsive and having to be euthanized.
Jaheim was arrested for unrelated probation and court warrants when police heard barking inside the home and discovered a further nine dogs in different stages of emaciation without access to food and water.
In total, police recovered 12 mixed breed Pitbull Terriers, two American Staffordshire Terriers and one mixed breed Boxer. One of the mixed breed Pitbull terriers was euthanized and the additional 14 dogs were examined and taken to Long Hill Kennel.
44-year-old Jaheim has been charged with third-degree animal cruelty and failure to provide necessary care to an animal. He was booked into Somerset County Jail pending a a detention hearing.
Jaheim released his platinum-selling debut album Ghetto Love in 2001 and topped the Billboard 200 chart in 2006 with his Ghetto Classics LP. His biggest solo single “Put That Woman First” peaked at No. 20 on the Hot 100 in 2003, with his Nelly collaboration “My Place” hitting No. 4 in 2004.
His last album Struggle Love was released in 2016.