What began as a search for former Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo’s bulldog “Knox” in Wrentham, Mass. ended up leading to a domestic assault arrest made here in Cranston – and the RISPCA seizing five dogs from the house of the man arrested, 41-year-old Darrel Ferreira of 117 Smith St., which is off Edgewood Boulevard near Johnson and Wales.
Joe Warzycha, lead detective for the RISPCA, said that they got involved because the handler of the Mayo family dog had brought it back to her house in Cranston and left it in a cage, then left the house for a couple hours. When she went back, it was missing and is still missing as of Tuesday night.
Warzycha said that Ferreira is the husband of the handler of the dog, and though they now have little communication and it has been “a violent relationship,” Ferreira lives in the basement and she lives in the upstairs of the same house on 117 Smith St.
The woman alleged that Ferreira let the dog out of its cage. Cranston police and the RISPCA then went into Ferreira’s downstairs apartment and found that he had five dogs of his own, which were, according to Warzycha, living in “very poor condition.”
Warzycha said that there were feces and urine all over the apartment, the dogs smelled bad, their hair was matted and their nails were overgrown. As a result, RISPCA seized the five dogs.
Meanwhile, the woman also alleged to Cranston Police that Ferreira was physically abusive towards her.
Deputy Police Chief Todd Patalano said that the department then developed probable cause to make an arrest for a domestic assault, and ended up charging Ferreira with domestic simple assault. Ferreira has since been released with a court date set for July 30 in 3rd District Kent County Court.
In addition to that charge, Patalano said that five firearms were seized from Ferreia’s possession, since he is not allowed to have any firearms after being charged with the domestic assault.
Warzycha also said that the RISPCA is pursuing animal cruelty charges against him. He added that there are two “people of interest” as they continue searching for the dog, and he is one of them, while the handler herself is the other.
Patalano said Tuesday that the dog is still missing and the handler is working with Wrentham police to try to find it. He added that Ferreira is not cooperating at all as detectives continue to investigate the situation.
The RISPCA and Mayo family have issued a $5,000 reward for any information regarding the location of the bulldog, but Patalano said they hadn’t gotten any credible tips yet. Foul play has not been ruled out, and evidence supports that the dog would be in Cranston at this time.