Published Friday, 05 October 2012
Cody was set on fire close to her owners' home. (© UTV)
Cody was doused in flammable liquid and set alight near her Maghaberry home in August.
The family pet was placed on maximum pain relief, but the severe damage caused to her skin was irreparable.
Her owners, the Agnew family, were left with no choice other than to put her down.
Natalie Agnew, who discovered her injured dog, said the decision had been "very traumatic," but she described the messages of support they had felt from around the world as "heartwarming."
Now, the family has decided to welcome a new pet into their Co Antrim home.
Natalie explained: "We're going to pick him up today, a wee boy pup, another long haired collie."
The little mite was one of eight collie pups found abandoned in a box in the Banbridge area.
"He's so young, he only about seven weeks as well and so cute. I think it will be a good distraction for us all.
"It won't be a replacement for Cody obviously," she acknowledged, but said they were glad to give him a new home.
Natalie said that it was hard to believe that anyone could abandon the small animals.
She admitted that she, her husband and young sons also felt "quite a few mixed emotions" about having another pet.
"We're very sad but very excited at the same time.
"We will probably be over-protective with this pup, but it will be well loved anyway."
The family is still deciding on a name for him.
Meanwhile, two 21-year-old men remain on police bail in connection with the attack.
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