Anthony Reddick, 53, of 101 Hillside Ave., is expected to face a judge Sunday morning after being charged with 18 counts related to animal fighting, according to a spokesman for Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
Dozens of firefighters responded to the home that Reddick rents around 2 p.m. on Friday after flames engulfed detached one-car garage on the property. The fire crews couldn’t immediately gain access because of the intense blaze and later found the bodies of more than a dozen pit bulls while surveying the remains of the garage, Ray Maguire, the executive director of the Freeport Fire Department, told reporters.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for the property Friday night and rescued three pit bulls. Prosecutors said 16 dogs were found in total – three were alive and 13 were dead.
Investigators said Reddick fled the scene after the fire started, but was arrested Saturday afternoon by Nassau County police detectives assigned to the DA’s Squad.
Reddick was being held in police custody Saturday night. It was not clear if he hired an attorney.