Justice for Cody – call for animal cruelty register

Green Party East Belfast Councillor Ross Brown has today, Wednesday, 12 August 2015, called for an animal cruelty register.

His call comes as it emerged that the man responsible for the horrific attack on Cody the border collie was freed from prison.

Councillor Ross Brown said,

“I was deeply upset and angered by the experience that Cody and the Agnew family suffered. This was a barbaric act of cruelty on an innocent family pet by Andrew Stewart, who showed little remorse.

“Although this was the first time that a custodial sentence was imposed under animal cruelty legislation, 10 months in custody was hardly befitting of the severity of the cruelty and anguish inflicted on the Agnew family.

“I believe the law on animal cruelty is far from adequate, and the Green Party will continue to work to ensure that Cody’s death was not in vain.

“The Green Party is proud to support the Agnew family in campaigning for stiffer sentences for those inflicting animal cruelty”.

Councillor Ross Brown added,

“I believe a register of animal cruelty perpetrators is needed and I will continue to campaign for this”.

Notes to editors

1. Andrew Stewart attacked Cody the border collie in August 2012. He was subsequently sentenced in October 2012, with the judge saying that “in this case there has been no remorse”

2. Green Party leader Steven Agnew MLA has worked closely with the Agnew family (no relation) since the death of their pet, including contributing a chapter to the book “Justice for Cody – the end was just the beginning”.

3. Further information online at: http://www.greenpartyni.org/justice-for-cody-book/

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