Former linebacker Jerod Mayo's dog found dead in home of trainer

CRANSTON, R.I. -- A 5-year-old English bulldog that belonged to former New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo and which has been missing since June has been found dead inside the home of its trainer.

The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the dog, named Knox, died in the custody of a trainer. In an Instagram post Monday, Mayo wrote that trainers hid the dog in a trash bag for two months while making it look as though he had run away, was stolen or drowned, sending the family "on a wild goose hunt and our kids on an emotional roller coaster."

The animal-welfare group said the trainer is being charged by the Cranston Police Department with one count of obstruction and could face charges of animal cruelty.

Police asked for the public's help after Knox disappeared in June while on a walk with a trainer.