13 pitbulls found dead in N.Y. fire

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MINEOLA, N.Y. -- 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 dogfighting 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.

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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