A Long Island man, Anthony Reddick, plead “guilty” on Monday at Nassau County court to nearly two dozen felony and misdemeanor charges related to breeding and training pit bulls for illegal dog fighting and possession of animal-fighting paraphernalia, the Long Island Press reports.
Reddick, 53, ran from the scene of a fire on Friday, February 28, in the one-car garage of a home he rented on Hillside Avenue in the village of Freeport. Firefighters and police officers found 13 dead Pit Bulls, ranging in age from about 2-1/2 months to 5 years,
Officers also discovered syringes, medications and supplements for dogs, treadmills with dog tethers, break-sticks with bite marks on them, dog fighting documentation and apparatus for restraining a female dog for forced breeding purposes (aka “rape machine”), among other items, reports CBS News.
The following day, authorities, including Town of Hempstead Animal Control officers, executed a search warrant at the home and found another Pit Bull, named KK, who had facial scarring consistent with dog fighting, prosecutors said.
Reddick was later apprehended in Hempstead on Saturday afternoon.
“This case is another example of why we need action in Albany to give law enforcement the necessary tools to combat dog fighting and other forms of animal abuse,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said.
She added, “Though this defendant is a repeat offender, dog fighting has been left out of the litany of qualifying offenses that are subject to increased penalties. That needs to change if we are to fully hold those engaging in dog fighting accountable, and deter others from this cruel enterprise.”
As a part of the plea deal, Reddick forfeited to authorities three Pit Bulls found alive at the scene of the fire.
Anthony Reddick is scheduled to be sentenced on September 22, the Long Island Press reports.