Cody the collie set on fire dies

Published Sunday, 09 September 2012
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Cody, the collie dog set on fire in Lisburn, has been put down.

Cody the collie set on fire dies
UTV visited Cody at the vets in Moira. (© UTV)

The pet suffered horrific injuries after it was doused in a flammable liquid and set alight in the Maghaberry Road area on Sunday 26 August.

A message from the Agnew family on the 'Justice for Cody' Facebook page said her condition had been getting worse since Friday.

"Bad news , Codie didn't make it," they wrote.

"She had been getting worse from Friday and the vets had tried everything they could. We are all gutted, but we know she was suffering and was only going to get even worse."

Cody had been receiving treatment at the vets and was making progress with the help of strong pain relief medicine.

An online fund was set up by well-wishers who had raised over £2,300 towards her vet bills.

David Wilson of the USPCA said: "I'm very sorry to hear that animal has perished after the suffering that she has gone through despite the best of veterinary care.

"It would indicate that there are sick people in Northern Ireland society who would carry out deeds like that, very concerning and shows a total lack of compassion.

"For a family pet to be lost, maybe children in the house, it is a shocking thing. It's a bereavement within the family."

Two men, both aged 21, were arrested in connection with the attack.

They have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Police released a statement calling for calm following an influx of comments on their Facebook page, adding that they are continuing to investigate the case.

"After hearing the tragic news that Cody has been put to sleep, we would like to remind everyone that Police are dealing with the matter, and two people have already been arrested," said PSNI Lisburn on Saturday.

"All evidence takes an amount of time to process, and when the investigation is complete the matter will be forwarded to the PPS.

"We would appeal for calm and remind everyone that bad language or threats on this page will not be permitted in any form."

Meanwhile over 60,000 supporters on Facebook and Twitter have condemned the attack and offered their condolences to the Agnew family.

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Comments Comments
Hollon in USA wrote (685 days ago):
I hope the sickos who did this to this poor defenseless baby get the psychiatric help that they desperately need. Studies show that people(???)who abuse and kill animals move on to humans. Children and the elderly those that protect themselves. I just hope that they catch the monsters so they can makr sure that they can't hurt, and torture another animal or worse yet a child. RIP beautiful Cody who died in such a senseless and heartless way.
pauline in portadown wrote (865 days ago):
here, here to lily in belfast (old Git) you are heartless and i agree with tony in newtownabbey
Margaret in Moira wrote (867 days ago):
What must that poor dog Cody have suffered. The evil scum bags who did this should be named and shamed and the punishment should fit the crime. A tough sentence is needed for the guilty party.
Stephen in portadown wrote (867 days ago):
The whole incident is terribly sad but I think it says a lot more about our society that there have been more than 10 times as many posts on this story talking about wanting justice for Cody and condemning whoever did it, than there have saying the same thing about poor Scott Vineer in Lisburn. Lets put things into context - a 17 year old boy is lying a coma after being brutally and repeatedly kicked yet there is more sorrow over a family pet. Worrying indeed.
Lily in Belfast wrote (867 days ago):
Old Git, few things to point out to you here. Animals have as much right to be on this earth as you have. You are not superior to them so you get over it.It is attitudes like yours that many bullies have when they attack defenceless little creatures. I hate your 'its only a dog' attitude because it feels pain too. Thank God we don't all have your heartless 'it's only a ....' attitude. Maybe you need some counselling yourself to sort out your cold heart.
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