Cody's owners thankful for public support

Published Monday, 10 September 2012
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The owners of Cody, the collie who was set on fire, have thanked the thousands of people who paid tribute to the dog after she was put to sleep.

Cody's owners thankful for public support
Cody, the three-year-old collie, before she was set on fire. (© Agnew family)

More than 65,000 people from across the world have left messages on the Justice for Cody Facebook page since Sunday, when it was revealed the dog had been put down.

Natalie Agnew, who discovered her dog had been doused in flammable liquid and set alight at her Maghaberry home last month, said the decision had been "very traumatic".

"Unfortunately the skin was irreparable, decay had already set in and there was no way she would ever be able to heal and she was in so much pain, she was on maximum pain relief and she was still in agony," she explained.

"She wasn't able to walk or go to the toilet at the end and we couldn't leave her like that, suffering for any longer, knowing that the inevitable would happen."

Natalie described the men who attacked Cody as "very dangerous" but said the support her family had received was "heartwarming".

The support on Facebook, our community, the support at the vets, everybody has been absolutely fantastic. It does give us a little bit of hope that all humanity is not bad.

Natalie Agnew

"So many people felt our pain," she added.

An online fund had raised over £2,000 towards vet bills for the dog, and Mrs Agnew, who has two young sons, said the family will never have another pet like Cody.

"Anyone that's had any contact with Cody knows that she was a special wee dog, there was something about her, everybody knew her and she was such an important member of our family.

"The children, their innocent minds have been corrupted, they don't understand it either, so for the kids' sake we might get [another dog] soon, but it would be very hard to replace Cody."

Her husband Martin says the family want justice over the loss of their much loved pet.

"If anyone knows anything they can still come forward," he said.

"Some sort of justice needs to be served."

Lisburn City SDLP Councillor Pat Catney expressed his sadness at the dog's death.

"I would like to say how sorry I am to the family who owned Cody and have lost her in such a cruel and vicious attack.

"Cruelty to animals is a cowardly act and should not be tolerated. The people that carried out this brutal assault on an innocent animal should be held to account for their mindless actions," he added.

Two 21-year-old men have been bailed in connection with the attack.

Police in Lisburn said evidence in the case is being processed and appealed for calm.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Josh in Burnley wrote (676 days ago):
My heart goes out to poor Cody and her family. Shocked to hear such a horrible end to a wonderful little dog, I have a border collie myself and couldn't even imagine how I'd feel, rip.
L Brady in Maghaberry wrote (871 days ago):
Linda in Lisburn - Codie was at her family home which is a farm with land attached. She was encouraged to go with the two males who were trespassing on their property. She obviously thought they were going to play with her instead they tortured her and ended her short life in the most terrible way possible.
Mary in Kildare, Ireland wrote (872 days ago):
We had a collie when my boys were around the age of the Agnew children. He was a very much loved member of the family as I am sure Cody was too. I cannot imagine how I would have explained to them if something awful like this had happened to us. You all have my sincere sympathies. I do haven't been able to get your beautiful dog out of my mind.
Betty Ross in Co. antrim wrote (872 days ago):
I am so so sorry. She was such a darling ,beautiful dog. How could anyone hurt her.My heart goes out to her family. Hope justice is done soon for such a horrible crime.
moiraF in leicester wrote (872 days ago):
Surely it is time to review the penalties for animal cruelty? The paltry few weeks these thugs will get (if any) for this atrocity only gives the message that brutality toward any vulnerable creature,including humans,is OK.
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