Long Island man charged with setting garage fire killing 13 fighting dogs

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(Photo/Nassau County Police)

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Thirteen pit bulls were found dead in a one-car garage that went up in flames and a New York man is facing 18 counts of felony and misdemeanor animal fighting charges.

A spokesman for Nassau County prosecutors says Saturday that Anthony Reddick was a tenant in the Long Island home where investigators discovered dogs and dog fighting apparatus following the Friday afternoon fire.

Spokesman Shams Tarek says the 53-year-old man fled the scene when the fire broke out but was arrested Saturday afternoon. He says investigators found the dead pit bulls and dog fighting equipment after executing a search warrant. He says three other pit bulls were found alive.

It wasn’t clear if Reddick had an attorney. He was in custody and unavailable for comment.

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