A Long Island man is facing 18 counts of felony and misdemeanor animal fighting charges after 13 pit bulls were found dead in a one-car garage that went up in flames.
A spokesman for Nassau County prosecutors said Saturday that Anthony Reddick was a tenant in the Freeport home where investigators discovered dogs and dogfighting equipment following the Friday afternoon fire.
Spokesman Shams Tarek said the 53-year-old man fled the scene when the fire broke out but was arrested Saturday afternoon. He said investigators found the dead pit bulls and dog fighting equipment after executing a search warrant. Three other pit bulls were found alive.
It wasn't clear if Reddick had an attorney. He was in custody and unavailable for comment.