If you follow football, then you may have heard about the former Baltimore
Ravens player Terrence Cody’s trouble with the law. The player had
been accused of felony animal cruelty charges after his dog passed away.
Animal abuse can be either a misdemeanor or felony crime, depending on
the cause. For instance, if you intend to hurt your pet, then you can
be accused of a felony for abuse. If you don’t intend to cause harm,
then you may get a lesser charge of neglect. Like in this case, if you’re
accused of a crime, it’s important to work with your attorney to
fight back against misinformation and charges you shouldn’t be facing.
According to the news report released in November, Cody’s dog passed
away because of starvation. The mastiff was eating only trash and bones
before his death; the dog, which should have been around 100 pounds, weighed only 50.
Cody’s attorney reported that the animal had not been
abused intentionally. Instead, he argued that it had been neglected. It was found
by the court that his girlfriend was found guilty of failing to care for
an animal (neglect) on five counts.
The former player has been found guilty of several misdemeanors on top
of his pet woes. He was found guilty of two drug charges due to items
that were discovered in his home. This court trouble has cost Cody more
than just time; the Ravens, who had intended to renew his contract, reportedly
stated that it terminated the player’s contract when it expired
in March 2015.
Source: Owings Mills-Reisterstown Patch, “Former Raven Acquitted on Felony Animal Cruelty Charges,” Elizabeth Janney, Nov. 18, 2015