CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The body of a dog belonging to former New England Patriot Jerod Mayo has been found.
According to the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Knox’s body was found in a Cranston home where the dog’s trainer resided.
The RISPCA said Knox – a 5-year-old English bulldog – died while in the custody of trainer Amelia Ferreira.
Ferreira was arraigned on an obstruction charge and released on personal recognizance following an arraignment at Kent County District Court Monday afternoon.
The RISPCA said Ferreira knew about the whereabouts of Knox’s body for several weeks and intentionally concealed his body from authorities.
The organization said the cause of death is unknown and additional charges may follow pending the results of a necropsy.
Police told Eyewitness News last month that Ferriera initially told investigators the dog went missing while on a walk in late June, then changed her story and told them he disappeared from his crate.
During Monday’s arraignment, Cranston Police Inspector Karen Disano said Ferreira eventually admitted she left the dog in a crate and after she came home to find him dead, she put the dog in a plastic bag and left him behind a shed. Disano said Ferreira told police she brought the dog back inside the house about a week later.
“Unfortunately, the answers we prayed for regarding Knox aren’t ones we were ready to face,” Mayo said in an Instagram post. “We raised Knox like our child as you guys can see from our photos and those of you who know us. It hurts to have to accept that our beloved Knox was thought of as trash as they saw our family hurting.”
Mayo went on to thank those people who helped in the search for Knox, saying “We still have work to do…..we need to bring awareness to this problem so it never happens again.”
According to police, Ferriera lives above a man whose five dogs were seized after police found them living in squalid conditions.
Unfortunately, the answers we prayed for regarding Knox aren’t ones we were ready to face. Knowing what we know now about @offleashk9trainingprov @offleashk9training we mentally explored every outcome possible and the reality is we were right. Knox has passed and his BODY WAS FOUND IN THE HOME OF THE OFFLEASH TRAINER. IT’s disgusting and inhumane that a company full of “dog lovers” would hide a family pet IN A CLOSET FOR TWO MONTHS and compulsively lie and send us on a wild goose hunt and our kids on an emotional rollercoaster. Staging him running away, him being stolen, even him drowning having us knocking on doors sending us false leads as we searched two states. We’ve hired scuba teams, private investigators, lawyers and more when they knew they HAD HIM IN THEIR HOME IN A TRASH BAG tucked away the whole two months. Yeah A TRASH BAG! We raised Knox like our child as you guys can see from our photos and those of you who know us. It hurts to have to accept that our beloved Knox was thought of as trash as they saw our family hurting. Currently all that these people are facing is obstruction. Not animal cruelty🤦🏾♀️ or filing false police reports or for plain ole tossing someone’s family member in a trash bag and storing it! From the Mayo family, we want to thank all of the people who spent countless hours looking for Knox. To our social media family, thank you for posting every day. We still have work to do…..we need to bring awareness to this problem so it never happens again. This is just getting started #repost #justice4knox #knoxmayo #offleashk9training #olk9training #olk9ri #offleashk9 #ripknox #knoxslaw