Trainer charged after body of former Patriots LB Jerod Mayo's dog allegedly found in her home

Jerod Mayo and his family received sad, disturbing news Monday in the quest to find out what happened to their three-year-old English bulldog Knox.

Police: Dog trainer stashed body of Jerod Mayo’s dog

Police said that dog trainer Amelia Ferreira admitted to stashing the body of Mayo’s dog in a bag for weeks after Knox died at her house.

The former New England Patriots linebacker who retired in 2015 after an eight-year NFL career responded to the news on Instagram and was understandably distraught.

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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Mayo’s family searched frantically for missing dog

Mayo described how his family conducted a desperate search for Knox that covered two states and involved scuba divers, private investigators and lawyers.

From Mayo’s statement:

“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.”

Mayo originally enlisted the help of fans to search for Knox in a June 29 Instagram post.

Mayo thanked the people that helped in their search for Knox on Monday and urged police to expand the obstruction charges against Ferreira over allegedly covering up the dog’s death to include animal cruelty.

The Rhode Island SPCA anticipates that animal cruelty charges could be pending based on the results of the necropsy.

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July has always been our favorite month. It’s the month we were married and had our first two babies. It’s safe to say his July was a far cry from our norm. I worked hard to make it feel normal as possible with a piece of our puzzle missing. It was good to see you all smile this weekend. Thanks for being strong! I'm still working hard towards the big request to #bringhomeknox . Happy birthday to #dembabies 👧🏾👦🏾 & Happy Anniversary to Mi Amor 👑
Where’s Knox???? @offleashk9trainingprov #bringhomeknox #offleashk9training #missingdog #bulliesofig #tricolorenglishbulldog #dogforsale #purebred @offleashk9training @offleashk9trainingprov
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