Six Years After A Cop Rescued This Unadoptable Dog, They Made A Disturbing Discovery In The Woods

By 2011, the adorable pup Ruby proved to be an absolute nightmare for pet owners. She lashed out at children with teeth and claws, and chased any other animal she shared a home with.
Four different families tried to make it work with Ruby. These families tried making the dog part of their permanent family. But nevertheless, each family gave her back to an animal shelter in East Providence, Rhode Island.
“She did not have an off switch,” said dog trainer Patricia Inman working with the East Providence shelter of the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “She was too much dog for most families.”
After four stints in the animal shelter, workers faced what they thought was the unchangeable truth: this dog was unadoptable. They penciled her in to be euthanized. But Patricia, who saw good in the dog, was determined to save her.
In a last-ditch effort, Patricia contacted the Rhode Island State Police, hoping the boys and girls in blue could train Ruby better, maybe let her join the k9 Unit. Just two hours before Ruby was to be put down, the police responded to her request.
The police saved Ruby from death! The department assigned her to Trooper Daniel O’Neil, a seven-year veteran on the force who dreamed of working with K-9 units. Right away, Officer O’Neil went to work training his new partner.
He recalled the first day he brought Ruby home, where his pregnant wife, infant son, and dog lived. She was as Patricia described, the officer recalled, “just crazy. Just bouncing off the walls.” Would he be able to calm the aggressive pooch?
For four months, Officer O’Neil never let Ruby out of his sight. They ran together, slept together, watched TV together. He brought her to work. “The dog has to really love you to work for you,” he said. Still, Ruby pained him.
“Sometimes,” Officer O’Neil said, “I’d look at other members of the K9 unit with their respective high-priced canines that were bred for police work and say, ‘How did I get this monster?'” Training the dog wore him down.
After a four-month long training montage — in which Ruby and the officer became friends — the once unadoptable canine earned a police badge and began accompanying Officer O’Neil on a handful of missions…with impressive results.
Over six years, Ruby, the dog once lost in life, developed a knack for sniffing out lost persons with astounding success rates. And eventually, word of her tracking prowess spread around the precinct. That earned her and Officer O’Neil a special case.
In October 2017, Glocester, Rhode Island officers asked Ruby and Officer O’Neil for their expertise. See, they’d been searching for a missing teenage boy for over 36 hours with no results. They needed some pros on the case. They needed Ruby and Officer O’Neil.
Of course, Officer O’Neil and Ruby accepted the case. The partners first paid a visit to the missing teenager’s mother in her home, who told the officer that her son and his friends enjoyed hiking in a nearby wooded area. So they went there.
Officer O’Neil recalled the search. “We were a mile and a half into the woods,” he said, “when Ruby all of a sudden quickly darted away.” He must have groaned. Had his pooch reverted to her old uncontrollable, high-energy ways?
But when he caught up to Ruby, he found her licking something — a log? No, a boy laying in the leaves. Officer O’Neil saw right away it was the teen they’d been sent to find, but a bad cut marred his forehead and only the tiniest pulse proved life…
Officer O’Neil radioed for medical attention, but they couldn’t find Ruby and the officer in the forest. With the boy just barely clinging to life, the officer gave his partner a simple command: bark. So she did, loudly, again and again.
Medics followed the sound of Ruby’s bark and went to work saving the boy. In the professional’s hands, he’d be all right. Relieved, the officer rewarded Ruby with a pet on the head. They’d done it together. They’d cracked the tough case.
Officer O’Neil returned to the teenager’s mother’s house and told her the good news. Now it was her turn to be relieved — she cried on the doorstep. And then, through tear-soaked cheeks, she asked the officer a strange question: “Do you know a dog named Ruby?”
“I was taken aback” by the mother’s question, Officer O’Neil recalled. “I said, ‘Er, yes. Ruby is my K9 partner who just found your boy.'” Again, the mother broke down in tears. Her name, you see, was Patricia Inman.
In the end, Ruby repaid the woman who saved her from death all those years before. A life for a life — it was the least she could do. As the months passed, Ruby built on her training, and the Rhode Island authorities noticed.
In 2018, Ruby was nominated for 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Award. Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo called her a “top dog” and a “hero.” Not bad for a dog once deemed unadoptable!
Ruby saving Patricia’s son is almost impossible to believe, but it’s proof that sticking with broken animals can pay off big time.

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