Law Enforcement Division: (603) 271-3127
November 15, 2019
CONCORD, NH – It is with a heavy heart that the Law Enforcement Division announces the tragic loss of one of our beloved K-9s, Ruby.
Lieutenant Bill Boudreau and K-9 Ruby have been patrol partners since 2012 serving within the southwest corner of our state. Ruby has been sick over the past several months. She saw many veterinary experts and underwent numerous tests and medical treatments in an effort to cure her ongoing issue with losing proteins, weight and muscle mass. Unfortunately, in spite of all the heroic efforts and medical treatments from our experts, Ruby’s condition continued to worsen.
Although a strong fighter, Ruby reached a point where she was suffering and in pain and a decision ultimately had to be made. Lieutenant Boudreau and his family were left with no choice and they made the difficult, but correct, decision to have Ruby put to sleep with the Law Enforcement’s Division longtime friend Doctor Fritz of Peterborough.
Ruby was born on April 23, 2011, and became Lieutenant Boudreau’s partner on June 19, 2012, when their close, devoted relationship and training began. In August of 2012, Lieutenant Boudreau and Ruby were nationally certified in fish and wildlife detection, human tracking, and evidence and article detection after successfully completing an intensive police K-9 training program. Lieutenant Boudreau and Ruby continued their extensive training on a weekly basis for the past seven plus years.
Along with tracking during search and rescue missions, the Law Enforcement Division called upon Ruby countless times to assist in evidence detection with Fish and Game investigations. Lieutenant Boudreau and K-9 Ruby also assisted the New Hampshire State Police and numerous local law enforcement municipalities to locate evidence and/or suspects during major criminal investigations. Ruby was best known for her abilities and talents for tracking people and bringing closure to families or criminal investigations. Ruby and Lieutenant Boudreau’s talents were consistently recognized, highly regarded, and respected statewide.
“Ruby made several recoveries for us during challenging search and rescue missions and I am not sure those victims would have been located in time without her assistance,” stated Colonel Kevin Jordan the Chief of Law Enforcement at NH Fish and Game. “While we will dearly miss this team’s skills and abilities, it is little Ruby’s personality and energy level we will miss the most here at Fish and Game, she was loved by all who met her.”
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Law Enforcement Division would like to sincerely thank the doctors and staff at the Capital Area Veterinary Emergency Services (CAVES) located in Concord, and the Tenny, Fritz and Combs Animal Hospital located in Peterborough for their expertise, generosity, and compassion with Ruby and our Law Enforcement Conservation Officers and Staff over these past difficult months.
K-9 Ruby will be sorely missed by her beloved family the Boudreau’s and her Law Enforcement Division Family. Ruby will never be forgotten and will forever remain in our hearts.
Condolences may be sent to:
Lieutenant Boudreau and K-9 Ruby
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
Law Enforcement Division
11 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301
Donations in memory of K-9 Ruby may be sent to:
K-9 Ruby Memorial Fund
Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire
P.O. Box 3993
Concord, NH 03302
To learn more about the New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Canine program, visit www.wildnh.com/law-enforcement/k9.html