Real-life Ruby (Rhode Island State Police)

The real-life Ruby, a police K-9 and the inspiration behind a heartwarming Netflix flick filmed in Victoria, has passed away.

Officials say 11-year-old Ruby was euthanized last Friday, May 13th, following a “sudden, acute, and untreatable illness.”

Superintendent of Rhode Island State Police, Col. Darnell S. Weaver, says the mixed-breed dog worked right until the end and never gave up doing what she loved most—making people smile.

“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,” said Weaver.

He recalls 2017 when Ruby was named American Humane Hero Dog of the Year, after successfully locating a lost and distressed teen—a story translated on camera in Netflix’s 2022 hit Rescued by Ruby.

Based on a true story and starring Grant Gustin, Scott Wolf and Kaylah Zander, the film, released on March 17th, transformed the CRD Animal Shelter near Elk Lake into a movie set.

The much-deserved recognition on the big screen ultimately celebrated Ruby’s years of service and dedication to the police force, according to Weaver.

The K-9 served with Rhode Island State Police for 11 years and was handled by Cpl. Daniel O’Neil, after being adopted from the local SPCA—one of the first shelter dogs trained to serve with state police.

“Ruby 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,” added Weaver.

“She had a full, happy, and wonderful life, not only as a trooper, but as part of a loving family.”

Need a family movie night? Check out Rescued by Ruby, an amazing true story filmed in the CRD and featuring our very own…

Posted by CRD Animal Shelter on Sunday, March 20, 2022

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