Ex-NFL Star Sentenced To 9-Months In Prison Over Animal Neglect
A former baller has been sent to prison over the death of his family guard dog. A Baltimore court determined that he isolated the animal outside in the garage, and managed not to feed him for a period of up to ten weeks. Via People:
Former NFL player Terrence Cody was sentenced to nine months in jail last week by a Baltimore County judge after being convicted of a series of misdemeanors in a 2015 case involving the starvation death of his dog.
In January of 2015, Cody, who played for the Baltimore Ravens from 2010 to 2014, brought his Canary Mastiff, Taz, to the vet. The dog was severely emaciated and underweight by about 50 pounds and died hours later, prosecutor Adam Lippe tells PEOPLE.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Judge Judith C. Ensor said in November she did not think Cody intentionally tortured the dog and she reiterated her belief last Thursday. But prosecutors believe Cody starved Taz intentionally, which was tantamount to torture. Lippe says that Cody didn’t feed Taz “a minimum of four weeks, up to ten,” during which Taz went without food.
He says Cody kept Taz in a crate in a garage during the winter where he was surrounded by his own excrement, urine and blood – the last of which Lippe says was caused by when Taz began “shedding the lining of its intestine” because he was starving. Lippe described the garage in which Taz was held as a “house of horrors.”
Lippe says Cody and Kelley had two other dogs who were well-cared for. He says Cody’s treatment of Taz was consistent with a pattern prosecutors see with child abuse cases.
Cody was convicted of several misdemeanor neglect charges, but managed to get he was acquitted of two felony counts of animal cruelty. His girlfriend, Kourtney J. Kelley, was also found guilty of the same neglect charges sentenced to 60 days in prison as well.
SMH! We just want to know what made them decide to just not ever feed the dog?? He says that the dog was sick and not keeping the food he was given down…but then why not take him to the vet??