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BALTIMORE — Former Baltimore Ravens star and NFL Star Terrence Cody, has been sentenced to 9-months behind bars and 18-months of supervised probation, after being found guilty on five counts of animal neglect. Cody was also charged with the illegal possession of an alligator and misdemeanour drug charges. The animal neglect charges were laid against the former defence tackle, after his Canary Mastiff died from starvation on January 19th.
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During Cody’s trial, Baltimore County Police Sgt. Andrew Maclellan, testified that he found a cage in the garage which belonged to the Mastiff named Taz and was filled with feces and vomit. According to Cody’s defence he believed that the dog had heart worms so he isolated him, which eventually led to his starvation and ultimate death. Reports reveal that the dog only weighed 50-pounds at the time of death, when he once weighed 100-pounds.
The prosecutor during the trial, revealed that Cody had “sentenced Taz to a slow death.” It is unclear why Cody chose to kill Taz, when he had other dogs living under his roof in perfect condition. Other than Taz all of the other dogs in the home appeared healthy and happy. An investigation was launched into the well being of Taz, after he was brought to a veterinary clinic and staff noticed that all of his bones were protruding. One of the veterinarians testified at the trial saying, “I thought he was dead…You could see every bone in the dog’s face.” Following the sentencing on Thursday, PETA has released a statement saying: “PETA wonders how many times the NFL has to be asked to enroll its players in an empathy-training program and when cruelty to animals, children and women will be grounds to be chucked out of the game?” This isn’t the first time that an NFL player has been caught abusing animals and in other cases, the players were welcomed back to the NFL despite their abusive behaviour.