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