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Ex-Ravens DT Terrence Cody assigned August court date in felony animal cruelty case

Former Ravens defensive tackle has been assigned an August court date.
Former Ravens defensive tackle has been assigned an August court date. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Former Ravens defensive tackle Terrence Cody has been assigned an August court date in his felony animal cruelty and misdemeanor drug charge case.

Cody and his girlfriend, Kourtney Jammese Kelley, have been assigned an Aug. 11 court date in Baltimore County Circuit Court. They are both represented by Towson attorney Joe Murtha and are facing 15 total criminal counts, including two felonies animal cruelty charges.

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Assistant state's attorney Adam Lippe is prosecuting the case.

Law enforcement officials said that Cody has left Maryland and is believed to be living in Alabama. Cody is being sued for damages to the house he rented. He doesn't need permission to leave the state under the conditions of his bail, but didn't inform court officials of a change of address.

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Cody was arrested in February after being indicted for allegedly torturing and causing the death of his bullmastiff, according to a Baltimore County grand jury indictment.

A copy of the indictment, obtained by The Baltimore Sun, says Cody "did inflict unnecessary suffering or pain of an animal," did "intentionally cruelly kill an animal" and "did intentionally torture an animal."

The dog that died was a Spanish bullmastiff that cost Cody $8,000, according to his agent, Peter Schaffer.

The Ravens released Cody when he was indicted.

The two felony counts of animal cruelty are punishable by a maximum of three years in prison per count and fines up to $5,000.

According to the indictment, Cody didn't provide the dog "with nutritious food in [sufficient] quantity," didn't provide the dog with "proper drink," and didn't provide "proper space" and "necessary veterinary care."

Schaffer told The Sun when Cody was indicted that Cody loved the dog, is extremely distraught about its death and took it to the veterinarian for medical care. Schaffer added that Cody has two other dogs in good condition that were left in his care.

"This is all a result of the NFL allowing players to be convicted before they're tried," Schaffer said. "If Terrence wasn't a public figure, they wouldn't have ever charged him. It's just ridiculous.

"If he was treating the dog so poorly, why would he take it to the veterinarian? They are trying to say he wanted the dog dead, which makes no sense because he loved the dog."

According to the indictment, Cody also illegally imported into Maryland a live alligator. That's a misdemeanor, punishable, if convicted, with a $1,000 fine.

Cody allegedly failed to provide the alligator with "nutritious food," "necessary veterinary care," and "proper space, proper shelter and proper drink," according to the indictment.

The alligator was relocated to Frisky's Wildlife & Primate Sanctuary in Woodstock.

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Cody also faces two misdemeanor drug charges. He was charged with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, which included a gas mask with smoking attachment, three glass smoking pipes and a long green smoking device. That's punishable with a maximum fine of $500.

The indictment also said Cody possessed at least 10 grams of marijuana. That's a misdemeanor punishable with incarceration up to one year and fines up to $1,000.

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