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

Jerod Mayo lashed out after police said a dog trainer admitted to hiding the dead body of his dog in a bag for weeks and lied about it. (AP)

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.

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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