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Former Steelers DT Isaiah Buggs Accused of Animal Cruelty

Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Isaiah Buggs is being accused of animal cruelty in civil documents in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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Pittsburgh Steelers DT Isaiah Buggs

Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs is being accused of animal cruelty in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, according to civil documents that the Tuscaloosa Patch obtained.

The documents state that Buggs is likely to face misdemeanor charges after police were informed that two dogs were left on the back porch of a Tuscaloosa home that belonged to Buggs. According to the documents, Tuscaloosa Animal Control found two dogs without water or food and with feces all around them.

Buggs rented the house in Alabama, and information states that the dogs were malnourished and neglected. In addition to the two dogs found inside, a Rottweiler was locked up in a metal cage directly in the sun for over a week.

The civil documents resulted in Buggs facing two misdemeanor counts of second-degree animal cruelty to dogs or cats. A hearing is set for Buggs within the next ten days to determine whether he will be allowed to own any animals. Buggs faces a significant fine and possible imprisonment if convicted of both counts.

Buggs was the Steelers’ sixth-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He stayed with the team until 2021, when they released him, and he joined the Las Vegas Raiders practice squad. He spent two seasons with the Detroit Lions and became a Super Bowl Champion with the Kansas City Chiefs in February.

Before the Steelers selected Buggs, he was a standout with the Alabama Crimson Tide under Nick Saban. A JUCO transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Buggs posted 1.5 sacks in his final seasons as a run plugger in Tuscaloosa. Buggs is currently on a futures contract with the Chiefs.