K-9 made famous by rescue of Glocester teen dies at age 11

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SCITUATE – The Rhode Island State Police have announced that K-9 Ruby died on Friday following a sudden, acute, and untreatable illness.

The K-9, whose story was made into the 2022 Netflix move, “Rescued by Ruby,” famously rescued a lost Glocester teenager in 2017. The boy was the son of a shelter volunteer who had cared for her as a puppy. As a result of this rescue, Ruby was named Rescue Dog of the Year in 2018 and American Humane Hero Dog Search.

Ruby was euthanized on Friday, May 13 at age 11 ½. 

“Today the Rhode Island State Police family is mourning the death of K-9 Ruby,” said Col. Darnell Weaver, RISP Superintendent. “Her partnership with Corporal O’Neil was a special one and their search and rescue work in our K-9 Unit was a great service to the Rhode Islanders who have needed their help. Her award-winning rescue inspired us and we are grateful for her years of service.”

Ruby was handled by O’Neil and served with the RISP for 11 years. A mixed-breed dog adopted from the Rhode Island SPCA, she was one of the first shelter dogs trained to serve with RISP.

During her career, she and O’Neil participated in many search and rescue missions as part of the K-9 Unit and volunteered with the Community, Diversity and Equity Unit, appearing in schools and at many events.

“K-9 Ruby dedicated her life to serve the citizens of Rhode Island and make a positive impact on every person she ever interacted with. She became a symbol of hope for all shelter dogs, showing the world what a shelter dog can do when just given love and the chance to shine. She had a full, happy, and wonderful life, not only as a trooper, but as part of a loving family. She worked right until the end and never gave up doing what she loved most – making people smile.”

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Ruby lived with Corporal O’Neil and his family. She will be honored privately.

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