Rescue pup 'helps Cody family cope'

Published Sunday, 07 October 2012
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The owners of Cody, the collie who died after being set on fire, have welcomed a rescued pup into their home - and he is helping them cope with their loss.

Rescue pup 'helps Cody family cope'
The family on the sofa with their new pup. (© UTV)

The Agnews are yet to name the new pet, another collie, who was one of eight puppies found abandoned in a box in Banbridge.

They adopted him after their beloved Cody had to be put to sleep after being doused in flammable liquid and set alight near her Maghaberry home.

Natalie Agnew said the newest member of the family is settling in well.

We've had an awful lot of support and it's so heart warming and it's made it all a lot easier to deal with, it's restored our faith in humanity

Natalie Agnew

"There's been lots of sleepless nights," she told UTV.

"It's just been really hard to try and come to terms with it all, so the wee pup here has definitely helped us move on and distract us from the pain that we've been feeling."

Cody suffered horrific injuries in the attack back in August.

The severe damage caused to her skin was irreparable and her owners were left with no choice other than to put her down.

They said that, while the new puppy isn't a replacement for Codie, they are glad to give him a new home - and the children love him.

"My favourite thing is, when you lift him he just falls asleep," said Jake Agnew.

"Sometimes he's bold and sometimes he's good!"

Justin Agnew added: "I like him because he's playful and tries to play with you and bite you and chase around with you and bite at your feet."

The family is holding a family fun day in the grounds of Stormont in November to raise money for animal charities.

They also want to raise awareness about the campaign to encourage stiffer penalties for those who abuse animals.

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