State police K-9 Ruby found unharmed

Rhode Island State Police Trooper Dan O'Neil and his K-9 Ruby appear outside state police headquarters, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (WJAR)

A Rhode Island State Police search and rescue dog that somehow escaped from her handler's fenced yard was found unharmed early Tuesday morning after hours of searching.

State police said K-9 Ruby was found at about 1 a.m. in good health not far from the home of Trooper Dan O'Neil.

State police said due to the circumstances, neither O’Neil nor K-9 Ruby will be reprimanded.

They said Ruby was back on the job and that they still have full confidence in her abilities.

Authorities said animal control officers in Warwick and East Greenwich were notified and that neighbors aided in the search.

Ozzie Monteiro and his son, Derrick, helped.

"Everyone in the neighborhood is in love with that dog," Ozzie said. "Losing a dog is very traumatic. As a neighborhood, we’re going to come out here and help."

Ruby gained fame after helping to find a 19-year-old in the woods of Glocester. She and O’Neil are featured on this month’s edition of Rhode Island Monthly for their heroic efforts.

"If you see K-9 Ruby, do not approach or give chase," Assumpico said.

NBC 10's Danielle Kennedy contributed to this report.


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