Cody, who was officially released by the Ravens on Monday, turned himself in when a warrant was issued and posted $10,000 bail. An investigation was started after Cody took his dog to a veterinarian for treatment and the dog subsequently died.
Here are the 15 counts facing Cody, according to Deputy State's Attorney John Cox:
• Two counts of aggravated animal cruelty involving a dog described as a Presa Canario Mastiff. Those are both felonies and carry a maximum incarceration of three years.
• Five counts of animal abuse or neglect involving the same dog.
• One count of illegal possession of an alligator.
• Five counts of animal abuse or neglect involving the alligator.
• One count of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.
• One count of possession of marijuana.
Cody, a 2010 second-round pick, was nearing the end of a one-year deal with the Ravens and would have been an unrestricted free agent on March 10. The Ravens announced their intention to release on Jan. 23. Monday was the first day that teams can officially cut players.
At his end-of-season news conference, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the "threshold of tolerance" had changed after five players were arrested last offseason.
"It's a privilege to play in the National Football League," Harbaugh said on Jan. 10. "It's a privilege to be a part of the Ravens. There's a standard to uphold there, and we expect them to [do that]."
Cody, 26, wasn't expected to be re-signed as a free agent. Brandon Williams excelled in his first season as a starting nose tackle, and the Ravens have depth along the defensive line.
Last season, Cody played only one game after being on the physically unable to perform list for the first nine weeks of the season. His only season as a full-time starter came in 2011.