A Long Island man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after authorities uncovered a severely emaciated and injured pitbull in his backyard, as well as the body of a dead pitbull, officials said.

According to authorities, Reuben Phillips, 33, was arrested Friday by DA investigators and charged with two counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide property sustenance, and one count of prohibition of animal fighting, all misdemeanor charges. If convicted Phillips faces up to two years in jail. 

“No animal should suffer the abuse these two dogs have, and my office will continue to stand up and give a voice to the victims of animal crimes,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a statement.

The investigation started on June 7, when an investigator with the DA’s Animal Crimes Unit acted on an anonymous tip to the Unit’s hotline and observed a tan male pitbull in the suspect’s St. Paul’ Road South backyard.  

The investigator then returned to the home the following morning and was let into the backyard by Phillips, Rice said. There, he found a white and tan male named Snow, deceased and lying on its side in a dirt hole.

Phillips said the dog died overnight but could offer no other explanation of its condition. Another dog, Rahman, was extremely thin, with ribs, hips and pelvic bones visible through his coat with numerous raw and untreated wounds on his ears and neck. In addition, there were also numerous healed scars on Rahman’s face, neck, legs, feet and body. The dog’s injuries are consistent with those suffered in dog fights, according to the DA’s office.

Phillips surrendered both dogs and both are currently at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. 

Phillips is due back in court June 12.