Tareq Salahi Caught Diggin' Himself Deeper Into a Hole

9/19/2011 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The man just can't get a break ... Less than an hour after burying his beloved Doberman Pinscher, Tareq Salahi had cops knockin' on his door.

Apparently one of his neighbors called the police after seeing a backhoe digging a grave in his backyard.

Cops said they were there to follow up on a complaint and demanded to see the grave site.  Once they saw nothing hinky was going on, they left the premises.

And speaking of backhoes ... Michaele still hasn't returned home.