A Freeport man charged with several counts of dogfighting after 13 pit bulls were found dead in a garage fire in February was arraigned in Nassau County Court on Wednesday on a grand jury indictment for those charges and on three new related charges, Nassau officials said.
Anthony Reddick, 52, was indicted on one count of felony animal fighting for training the dogs, one count of felony animal fighting for breeding them and 16 counts of misdemeanor animal fighting charges -- one for each dog found after the fire, said a statement from Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice's office.
Reddick's attorney could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
His alleged dogfighting was discovered Feb. 28 when a fire broke out in a detached garage at 101 Hillside Ave. in Freeport, where Reddick lives in a basement apartment, officials said. The fire "revealed 13 dead pit bills and paraphernalia used for the breeding and training of dogs for fighting," the statement said. "Three more pit bulls were found alive at the scene."
He also was arraigned on three additional counts of misdemeanor animal fighting charges for the "possession of dogfighting paraphernalia, including a motor-powered treadmill, a 'slat-mill' utilizing muscle power, and a spring pole used to train dogs to fight," according to the statement.
If convicted of the top charge, he faces a maximum sentence of 1-1/3 to 4 years in prison, officials said.
Reddick's $20,000 cash or bond bail was continued and he is due back in court May 7.