A Baltimore County grand jury indictment alleges former Ravens DT Terrence Cody mistreated his dog, an alligator and had drugs and drug paraphernalia. (Baltimore Sun)
Former Ravens defensive tackle Terrence Cody tortured and caused the death of his bull mastiff, according to a Baltimore County grand jury indictment that alleges the NFL player failed to properly care for the dog.
A copy of the indictment, obtained by The Baltimore Sun, alleges that Cody "did inflict unnecessary suffering or pain of an animal," did "intentionally cruelly kill an animal," and "did intentionally torture an animal."
Cody, who's facing 15 total criminal charges in the case with two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty, was officially cut from the Ravens' roster on Monday, the same day he was indicted.
According to the indictment, Cody didn't provide the dog "with nutritious food in sufficiency quantity," didn't provide the dog with "proper drink," and didn't provide "proper space" and "necessary veterinary care."
Cody's agent, Peter Schaffer, told The Sun that Cody loved the dog, is extremely distraught about its death and took it to the veterinarian to provide 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 Monday. "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 a source, Cody's dog, which was named Taz, died shortly after being taken to the veterinarian.
The two felony counts are punishable by a maximum of three years in jail per count and fines up to $5,000. According to the indictment, Cody also illegally imported into Maryland a live alligator. That's a misdemeanor, punishable with a $1,000 fine.
Cody allegedy failed to provide the alligator with "nutritious food," "necessary veterinary care," and "proper space, proper shelter and proper drink." Cody also faces two misdemeanor drug charges.
Cody 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.
Cody allegedly possessed at least 10 grams of marijuana, according to the indictment. That's a misdemeanor punishable with incarceration up to one year and fines up to $1,000.
Cody is free on $10,000 bail. No court date or arraignment date have been assigned, according to Baltimore County court officials.
"He's done nothing wrong," Schaffer said. "This could potentially affect his career adversely, and I'm not going to let it happen. This is a quality young man who's a true animal lover. He wouldn't hurt a fly, let alone a dog."