EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Rhode Island State Police K9 is in the national spotlight after being named a finalist for the 2018 American Hero Dog award.
K9 Ruby is a finalist for the Search and Rescue Hero Dog Award after being nominated by the American Humane Associations Hero Dog Awards.
In October 2017, Ruby and her handler, Trooper Dan O’Neil, were called to help find a teenage boy who had been missing in Glocester for 36 hours.
After hours of searching, Ruby and O’Neil were successful in finding the missing boy who ended up making a full recovery.
It was revealed in an interview that the victim’s mother was Patricia Inman who volunteered her time with Ruby six years ago at the Rhode Island Society and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) and fostered her each time she was returned.
“You can think what you may, but I believe that was Ruby’s way of saying thank you to Ms. Inman for taking care of her during her rough beginning,” O’Neil said. “Ruby was given a chance at life and ended up saving a life.”
Voting is open until noon on Sept. 25. People are allowed to vote once per day.