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Detroit Rapper Young Calicoe had his home raided Wednesday (July 11), under suspicion that he is participating in dog and rooster fighting— which is illegal in the state of Michigan. Calicoe incriminated himself, when footage of him showing the animals off, was posted to the ‘Net.

Agents from the Michigan Humane Society and Detroit Police officers went to Calicoe’s home to remove the animals many of which were stored in makeshift kennels, and appeared to be malnourished. Even though he was caught on tape, pointing out on animal as a “grand champ,” and even referencing Michael Vick’s infamous dog-fighting conviction, Calicoe refuses to admit any involvement, once again going on Twitter to prove his innocence. “Now that they have Healthy lovable dogs in custody, I just hope that they find nice homes for each and every one of them,” he wrote, before deleting the tweet.

The animals will receive treatment from veterinarians, according to Michigan Humane Society spokesperson, Kevin Hatman. “We’re just happy right now that the animals are going to be receiving high-quality care,” Hatman said. “I’m personally glad that the animals are here, and we’re going to be taking a look at them.”

Calicoe has yet to face charges in the matter but has been accused of using the incident to garner publicity for his fledgling rap career. While the story has received national attention, it remains to be seen whether or not it will drive more interest to his music.

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