Man killed by his dog was advocate for the disabled

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SPANISH LAKE, Mo. (AP) – A St. Louis County man killed by one of his pit bulls was an advocate for people with disabilities.

Police say 45-year-old Adonis Reddick was found dead in his home Monday night. He had bite marks on his neck. Two pit bulls were found in the home, one of them so aggressive that police had to fatally shot the animal. Authorities believe the aggressive dog bit Reddick.

Police aren’t sure how long Reddick had been dead. Relatives had not heard from him since Saturday.

Reddick lived independent despite development disabilities. He won a national award last year, recognizing his efforts to train, educate and support others with disabilities. He frequently spoke to groups and advocated for better job opportunities for those with disabilities.