By: Sarah E. Rooney


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CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – Cranston Police released Wednesday afternoon that the trainer connected to the death of a former Patriot player's dog will not face animal cruelty charges.

Amelia Ferreira, a dog trainer from Cranston, will not face animal cruelty charges following the death of "Knox," a 5-year-old English Bulldog belonging to the family of former Patriot player Jerod Mayo.

According to Colonel Michael Winquist of Cranston Police, the body of the deceased dog was too decomposed for a necropsy to reveal cause of death.

As a result, the Cranston Police Department will not be issuing additional charges against Ferreira.

Ferreira was charged Monday with obstructing an officer in the execution of duty for previously concealing the body of the animal. 

Colonel Winquist stated “We appreciate the strong working relationship that the Cranston Police Dept. has traditionally had with the RISPCA and while this certainly is not the ending any of us had hoped for, we do hope that the information gathered during the investigation will assist in bringing some closure to the Mayo family during this sad time.”

See below for previous updates to this story.


CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) -- The body of a missing dog belonging to the family of former Patriots player Jerod Mayo has been recovered at a Cranston home.

According to the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA), the Cranston Police Department discovered the diseased body of “Knox,” the Mayo family’s 5-year-old English Bulldog, at a Cranston home this past Sunday.

The body was found dead in the home of Knox’s trainer, Amelia Ferreira.

Eric St. Peter at the RISPCA has released that Ferreira has known the location of the deceased body for several weeks and intentionally hid the body from law enforcement.

As of now, the cause behind the dog’s death is unknown and under investigation.

Ferreira was arraigned Monday afternoon and charged with obstruction of an officer in execution of duty. Ferreira was released on personal recognizance. 

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