Ruby, a former RISPCA shelter dog turned search and rescue dog, has been nominated for American Humane Hero Dog of the Year!


October of 2017, Ruby, now six years on the job as a Rhode State Police K-9. A teenage boy had gone missing from his home in the Town of Gloucester. After about 36 hours and failed attempts by human search efforts, the Gloucester Police department requested the services of the Rhode Island State Police K-9 Division. K-9 Ruby and Trooper Dan O’Neil answered the call and responded along with other K-9 teams to the scene. As part of a normal protocol, they briefly interviewed the victim’s mother. During their conversation, it was revealed that victim’s mother was Patricia Inmann. Patricia Inman revealed that she had volunteered her services working with Ruby six years ago at the RISPCA.

After hours of searching, K-9 Ruby and I were ultimately successful in finding the missing teenager, but unfortunately, he was found in grave medical condition. State Police and EMS services removed the boy from the scene and transported him to a local hospital where he made a full recovery. If it were not for the effort of the State Police and especially K-9 Ruby, that young boy’s life may have been lost.

You can think what you may, but we believe that was Ruby’s way of saying thank you to Ms. Inman for taking care of her during her rough beginning. Ruby was given a chance at life and ended up saving a life. With the efforts of two organizations (RISP and RISPCA) and a handful of amazing and dedicated people, great things can happen.

You can vote ONCE A DAY so PLEASE DO! You can vote for Ruby for the American Humane Hero Dog Awards HERE: