A fire in a Freeport, Long Island, garage on Friday resulted in the arrest of Anthony Reddick on dog fighting charges. Thirteen Pit Bulls were found dead in the one-car garage on Hillside Avenue that was engulfed by flames.
Nassau County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Shams Tarek confirmed that the 53-year-old Reddick was a tenant at the home and fled when the fire broke out.
The prosecutor's spokesman also stated that investigators found the dead Pit Bulls and dog-fight training equipment after executing a search warrant. He says three other Pit Bulls were found alive.
Reddick was arrested Saturday afternoon and arraigned on Sunday, CBS reports. He is facing 18 counts of felony and misdemeanor animal-fighting charges.
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The assistant district attorney told the judge that Reddick was convicted of dog fighting charges in both 1998 and 2001, according to the Long Island News. However, his attorney says Reddick denies all of the latest allegations.
He is scheduled to return to court on March 5, the Long Island News reports.