Tests at the vet revealed that the dog had an unknown bone infection in one of its legs which most likely led to the weight loss and loss of appetite. It also turns out that, contrary to popular belief, Artest had in fact hired two people to look after his Great Dane (Socks) while he was out of town.
So I guess we all owe Ron-Ron an apology for making all those jokes before the entire story came to light. We have a tendency to get carried away and condemn people for things just because police are "investigating." And by we I mean I. But let's not go pointing fingers; that's such an ugly thing to do, especially when those fingers are pointed at me. Unless you're saying "Hey, look at that hot dude." Then point away, baby, because looking is free.