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Freeport man arraigned on 18 counts of animal fighting after 13 dogs die in fire

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Anthony Reddick, 53,of Freeport, NY has been arraigned on 18 counts of animal fighting following the outbreak of a fire in a detached one car garage at his home that killed 13 pit bulls aged 2 months-5 years. Three other dogs were found alive according to Nassau CountyAssistant DA Jed Painter, who said that one dog named “KK had facial scarring consistent with dogfighting.”

Riddick, who has two prior convictions for dogfighting was charged with two felon counts, one for breeding the canines to fight, and the other for training them. The rest of the charges were all midemeanors (one for each dog). Bail was set at $20,000 cash or bond, although Painter had tried for $50,000. An additional search of the property (which is owned by an absentee landlord living in Texas) turned up training devices including a treadmill, tethers and restraints used for breeding females, as well as syringes with various medications and vitamins, as well as a wound care kit.

If convicted, Riddick could face a jail term of 1-/3 to 4 years on the main felony charges. He is due back in court Wednesday. In the meantime, investigators are looking into the cause of the fire, which “does not seem suspicious,” and may have been caused by electrical problems, yet to be determined.