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K-9 Dog From Netflix Film “Rescued By Ruby” Euthanized

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In an official statement from the Rhode Island State Police, Ruby, from the Netflix film Rescued by Ruby, was put down on May 13th after a “sudden, severe, and untreatable illness.” 

Rescued by Ruby follows the true story of a state trooper named Dan O’Neill, who aspires to join the state police’s K-9 search and rescue unit but has been unsuccessful until he encounters a shelter dog named Ruby.

The state police superintendent, Col. Darnell Weaver, expressed thanks for K-9 Ruby’s years of service. She worked with them for 11 years and was handled by Corporal Daniel O’Neill, according to Weaver. 

“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,” Weaver said in a statement. “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.”

Ruby was one of the first shelter dogs trained to work with the Rhode Island State Police. She was part Australian shepherd and part border collie. Throughout her career, she took part in countless search-and-rescue missions and made numerous public appearances. She rose to prominence in 2017 after she tracked down a teenage guy who had suffered serious injuries while hiking in the woods. The young man turned out to be the son of the animal shelter volunteer who had tried to save her life by fighting to keep her from being put down.

Her story was made into the Netflix film “Rescued by Ruby” in 2022, and she was named the nation’s “Search and Rescue Dog of the Year” by the American Humane Hero Dog Association in 2018.

“She had a full, happy, and wonderful life, not only as a trooper, but as part of a loving family,” Weaver said. “She worked right until the end and never gave up doing what she loved most — making people smile.”

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