As many of you may have heard, Ruby, the police search-and-rescue dog whose story was told in the movie Rescued by Ruby (https://www.netflix.com/title/81107362) recently died after being stricken by a sudden, untreatable illness. https://www.providencejournal.com/story/news/local/2022/05/15/rhode-island-police-dog-k-9-ruby-euthanized/9785721002/
She was an exceptional dog who had an inspiring life. She had been adopted from, and returned to, the Rhode Island SPCA five times; and was considered unadoptable before being given a last chance with the Rhode Island State Police. She flourished there and had a long and illustrious career, in which she was elected American Humane Hero Dog Search and Rescue Dog of the Year in 2018 . I was lucky enough to meet her and her partner, Corporal Dan O’Neil a couple of times at charitable events for area animal shelters, where they often gave of their time and energy to help other shelter animals.
Ruby was very much of a celebrity here in Rhode Island, and she will be greatly missed.