Former New England Patriots linebacker's English bulldog mysteriously vanishes without a trace while being walked in a park

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A dog owned by a recently retired New England Patriots player has disappeared under circumstances the police are calling 'mysterious'.

Former linebacker Jerod Mayo's English bulldog, named Knox, vanished without a trace around 8pm on Thursday during a walk by an obedience trainer in Wrentham, Massachusetts.

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The trainer told police she was walking Knox and another dog in Joe's Rock, a nature preserve, when she turned her attention to the other dog momentarily and Knox disappeared.

A short distance away, cops found Knox's electronic training collar lying on the ground 'in pristine condition', with no evidence that it had been forcibly removed, and no blood or fur in the area to indicate an attack by another animal.

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Cops were baffled to learn that the dog breed, with its short, stubby legs and weak cardiovascular system, is not a renowned runner, and expected to find Knox in the area but did not.

'The police have little to go on,' Chief Bill McGrath said in a statement. 'No witnesses to point us in the right direction. No suspects. No clues. And no Knox.'

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'We're posting because the circumstances are a bit mysterious, unlike the usual lost dog case, and we think someone out there can help,' McGrath said in an appeal to the public for information.

In an Instagram post, Mayo pleaded for the return of his beloved dog and appeared to imply he suspected the dog training company, Off Leash K9 Rhode Island, of involvement in the disappearance.

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'Since @offleashk9trainingprov Was begging us to hold off on his return date until...
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