Mineola - (WALK) The case of a Freeport man, accused of dogfighting after 13 pit bulls were found dead in a garage fire this year, is inspiring animal rights activists to fight back: The Nassau SPCA will pay $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone fighting animals.
The Nassau County SPCA claims the defendant, Anthony Reddick, was arrested three times for dogfighting and that someone must have had suspicions about the pit bulls being trained to fight in the detached garage near Reddick's basement apartment on Hillside Avenue. Their announcement Wednesday declares, "This must stop!!!"
Investigators say Riddick had rigged the property with dogfighting gear. 13 dogs were found dead after the fire on February 28, three others were found alive at the scene.
Reddick, 52, was arraigned in Nassau County Court Wednesday. He is charged with one felony count of animal fighting for training the dogs, one felony count of animal fighting for breeding the dogs, and 16 misdemeanor counts of animal fighting for each dog found after the fire, according to a statement from the Nassau district attorney's office.
Riddick remains behind bars on $20,000 cash bail or bond, and is scheduled to return to court on May 7. If convicted on the principle charge, he faces a maximum sentence of up to four years in prison.
TO REPORT A CASE OF ANIMAL FIGHTING call the SPCA at 516-THE-SPCA
Photo: Nassau SPCA