Cop Adopts Dog, Makes K-9 Hero and Finds the Missing Son of Shelter Worker who Saved her From Being Put to Sleep


When Corporal Daniel O’Neill of the Rhode Island State Police adopted a shelter dog named Ruby in 2011, he knew he would have his hands full.

The dog had been adopted five more times and was always returned due to her poor behavior. She was close to being put down, until a shelter volunteer, Patricia Inman, convinced O’Neill to take a chance on her.

“It was tough in the beginning. There was a lot of sleepless nights, but it worked out in the end,” O’Neill told Inside Edition. Ruby was finally certified as a K-9.

Their incredible story, eleven years later is the subject of a Netflix movie.

A teenager was reported missing one day in the woods. Two days later, volunteers and police searched the wild terrain. Ruby discovered the teenager, barely conscious, as Ruby’s hope began to fade.

Authorities then discovered that the missing teen was the son of the volunteer at the shelter who had believed in Ruby all those years before.

“I guess you just never know how certain animals or people are going to show up in your life again,”Inman stated.

Inside Edition was present for a special screening “Rescued by Ruby” in Providence, Rhode Island, where Ruby, the dog nobody wanted, showed up for her red carpet debut.