Baltimore Ravens DT Terrence Cody Charged for Abusing Alligator and Dog

By Associated Press

Former Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Terrence Cody has been indicted Monday morning for animal abuse and cruelty charges involving a dog and a alligator according to the Baltimore County Deputy State’s Attorney in Maryland. The records show that the indictment against the 26-year-old of Reisterstown was returned Monday by a Baltimore County grand jury.

Cody, who was officially released by the Ravens on Monday, turned himself in when a warrant was issued and released on $10,000 bail. An investigation was started after Cody took his dog to a veterinarian for treatment and the dog subsequently died. The Ravens also announced Monday on their Twitter feed that the team terminated Cody’s contract. This will certainly affect the Baltimore Ravens odds for next season and also his career have made a tragic turn ever since he would have been a unrestricted free agent on March 10 once he finished his contract from which he was on his last year.

Terrence Cody Ravens

Listed bellow the 15 counts for which  Terrence Cody was indicted, according to Deputy State’s Attorney John Cox:

• Two counts of aggravated animal cruelty involving a dog described as a Presa Canario Mastiff. Those are both felonies and carry a maximum incarceration of three years.

• Five counts of animal abuse or neglect involving the same dog.

• One count of illegal possession of an alligator.

• Five counts of animal abuse or neglect involving the alligator.

• One count of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.

• One count of possession of marijuana.

The Ravens announced their intention to release on Jan. 23. Monday was the first day that teams can officially cut players. At his end-of-season news conference, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the “threshold of tolerance” had changed after five players were arrested last offseason.

“It’s a privilege to play in the National Football League. It’s a privilege to be a part of the Ravens. There’s a standard to uphold there, and we expect them to [do that].” Harbaugh said on Jan. 10.

Cody, 26, wasn’t expected to be re-signed as a free agent. Brandon Williams excelled in his first season as a starting nose tackle, and the Ravens have depth along the defensive line. Last season, Cody played only one game after being on the physically unable to perform list for the first nine weeks of the season. His only season as a full-time starter came in 2011.

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