RI K-9 police dog Ruby, star of a Netflix film, has been euthanized

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A Rhode Island dog who inspired people to go from shelter dog to K-9 rescue police — and was the subject of a recent Netflix movie, released in March 2022 — has been euthanized, police say of the State of Rhode Island on Sunday.

K-9 Ruby was shot Friday, police said, following a “sudden, acute and incurable illness,” the Associated Press reported.

She “served admirably for 11 years,” RI State Police also said.

Here’s the police department’s tweet about Ruby on Sunday.

State Police Superintendent Col. Darnell Weaver expressed his gratitude for K-9 Ruby’s many years of service, the AP also noted.

“K-9 Ruby has dedicated her life to serving the citizens of Rhode Island and positively impacting everyone she interacted with,” Weaver said in a statement.

“She has become a beacon of hope for all shelter dogs, showing the world what a shelter dog can do when given just love and the chance to shine.”

Ruby served as a K-9 dog for the Rhode Island State Police for 11 years. She was once a hyperactive shelter dog who struggled to find a forever home.
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Ruby was a mix of Australian Shepherd and Border Collie. Cpl. Daniel O’Neill, who needed a search and rescue dog for work, adopted her in 2011, according to the AP.

At the time, the active and rambunctious eight-month-old pup was adopted and returned to the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter by no less than five families.

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She finally found her footing with O’Neil, as Fox News Digital previously reported.

Shelter volunteer and dog trainer Patricia Inman recalled that Ruby was full of energy and needed an advocate to reassure staff that euthanasia was not the right choice for her.

Cpl.  Daniel O'Neil of the Rhode Island State Police Department earlier recalled that Ruby was

Cpl. Daniel O’Neil of the Rhode Island State Police Department earlier recalled that Ruby was “determined” and “focused” during her K-9 trainings, which took place after she was adopted from a shelter for Rhode Island animals.
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

“[Ruby] was a total jerk,” Inman told the AP earlier, as reported by Fox News Digital several months ago.

“She jumped up and bit her leash. She didn’t want to sit or lay down. She never stopped moving. She was special and she needed a special person.”

In October 2017, O’Neil and Ruby found a teenager who had fallen into a ravine and was unconscious.

O’Neil enrolled Ruby in a K-9 training course, where she reportedly graduated at the top of her class.

Ruby later served as a K-9 dog for the Rhode Island State Police. She participated in several search and rescue missions.

In October 2017, O’Neil and Ruby found a teenager who had fallen into a ravine and was unconscious. Later, they learned that the young boy was the son of Inman, who had been missing for 36 hours after his accident.

“I was beside myself and overwhelmed,” Inman told The Associated Press, recalling that incredible day. “So many things had to fall into place for this to happen… The universe works in mysterious ways.”

A commenter on YouTube said of the film, “Dogs really are a gift to humans!! Back the Blue!!”

Ruby’s story and her remarkable recovery abilities made national headlines and captured the hearts of many Americans.

The talented K-9 was honored at the 2018 Hero Dogs Awards Ceremony hosted by American Humane; she won in the Search and Rescue Dog of the Year category.

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Four years later, Ruby’s story was told in the Netflix movie, “Rescued by Ruby”, released in March of this year.

A commenter on YouTube said of the film, “Dogs really are a gift to humans!! Back the Blue!!”

Ruby was living with Corporal O’Neil and his family, RI State Police also said in their statement.

“She will be honored privately,” he added.

Fox News Digital’s Cortney Moore and The Associated Press contributed reporting for this article.

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