Animal advocates hold “Justice for Knox” protest

By: Amanda Pitts


CRANSTON, R.I. — Nearly three weeks after Cranston Police announced the trainer connected to the death of a former Patriots player’s dog won’t face animal cruelty charges, protestors once again took to the streets to demand justice for Knox.

Animal advocates from Rhode Islanders Against Animal Abuse and Cruelty are still upset the trainer didn’t get a harsher penalty.

Protestors stood on the corner of Smith Street in Cranston where Amelia Ferreira lives, later walking down the street to her home where Knox was found.

Ferreira was charged with Obstruction of Justice after police say she hid the body of the 5-year-old English bulldog in her Cranston home.

"Because Knox died in her care, and they found the dog’s body dead in a plastic bag in her closet, we feel very strongly as a group that she should be charged with animal neglect or animal cruelty," said Maureen Derrico. 

Police say the dog’s body was too decomposed to determine the cause of death which is why Ferreira isn’t facing those charges. But the group isn’t giving up.

The 800 member organization that started in May is working to make changes when it comes to Rhode Island regulations.

"This is something that’s going to be going on and on and on until someone really looks into this."

Currently, dog trainers don’t need a license to work in the state. Rhode Islanders Against Animal Abuse and Cruelty say they’ll continue to hold these protests until a change is made.

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