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Ex-NFL player’s missing bulldog found dead in dog trainer’s closet weeks later: Reports

A missing bulldog belonging to former Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo was reportedly found dead this week inside a closet located at his dog trainer’s home.

Per The Washington Post, off-leash trainer Amelia Ferreira initially told police in June that 5-year-old Knox had vanished during a walk. Then, she reportedly claimed the dog had gone missing from a crate in her Rhode Island apartment.

On Sunday,  the Rhode Island SPCA announced that Ferreira was charged with obstruction after the dog’s body was found in her home.

“Evidence revealed that Ferreira has known the whereabouts of Knox’s deceased body for several weeks and intentionally concealed his body from authorities. Cause of death is currently unknown, and additional charges relating to animal cruelty may follow, pending the results of a necropsy,” the statement read.

Mayo took to Instagram Monday to confirm Knox’s death and confirm that the dog was found inside a trash bag in the trainer’s closet.

“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 roller coaster,” he wrote.

Throughout the ordeal, the ex-NFL player used his large platform to plead for the dog’s safe return. In the Instagram post, he touched on how much time and work was invested into finding his missing dog alive.

He continued, “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!”

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

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