Dog fatally mauls volunteer at Florida shelter

The rescue the victim volunteered at was known for rescuing abandoned dogs, usually considered pit bulls, out of the Everglades.

A large dog fatally mauled a longtime volunteer at a Florida animal shelter who was trying to help it acclimate to humans after it was found in the Everglades.

Pam Robb, a 71-year-old retired high school teacher, died in Thursday’s attack at the 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida shelter near Fort Lauderdale, officials said. A second woman who tried to intervene suffered minor injuries.

Robb’s wife, Angie Anobile, told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that Robb had been working with the female mixed-breed dog the shelter named Gladys since the dog arrived about a month ago. She said the dog pulled Robb to the ground by the arm and attacked her.

She said Robb had been gushing recently about the progress Gladys was making. The dog weighs more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms).

Robb “was one of the few that the dog resonated with,” Anobile told the newspaper. “She was just starting to build trust with the dog. Her greatest joy was having these dogs respond to human contact, and I don’t blame anybody. It was a tragic accident, but I do blame people who abuse animals, who don’t love them like they should be loved.”

The shelter issued a Facebook post saying the staff is grieving and asking for privacy. The shelter is well-known for rescuing mixed-breed dogs often called, “pit bulls.”

The Legislature is currently considering a pair of bills ( (SB 614 and CS/HB 721 that would roll back the remaining municipal rules that prohibit dogs based on breed, most notably Miami’s ban on pit bulls. Dangerous dogs would be considered such based only on their behavior, according to the bills.

In a Jan. 18 Facebook post, the shelter showed Gladys’ rescue. The dog was sitting on a canal bank in an empty field and had been there for at least three days, the video says. The rescuers threw chicken to the dog until they were able to coax her into a car to applause.

The shelter then posted periodic video updates on Gladys, recently saying her progress was “slow and steady.” The posts were still up on Facebook Friday.

“We have no idea what this poor girl (has) seen in her past but it (has) definitely traumatized her and made her rehab difficult, but we are pressing on,” the post said. It said volunteers were “trying to teach her to be confident, and not to be afraid.” In the video, Gladys was sedately lying next to someone, chewing on a bone.

Broward County animal control took Gladys after the attack. The agency did not immediately return an email Friday seeking comment on what will happen with the dog.


Republished with permission from The Associated Press.

Associated Press


  • Lassie

    February 18, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Another tragic story involving a pit Bull. Many believe the breed is genetically predisposed to be aggressive and dangerous. Others argue the breed is a loving dog, the aggressiveness is taught by abusive owners. Yet, the majority respond, “Why do you never hear of a human being injured or killed by a golden retriever?”

    • Oriana

      February 18, 2022 at 11:19 pm

      Cane corso mix actually, but continue being ignorant.

    • Cindy

      February 19, 2022 at 7:49 am

      Why yes I have Lassie. Do you live under a rock?

  • Voice in the wilderness

    February 18, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    I just pray that Pam was saved ? Born again Christian/ and knew Jesus Christ as her Lord and savior ? As it is written choose this day whom ye shall serve ? Which master do you serve ? Jesus said I come to give Life more abundantly ( eternal life to them that believe on His name )? But unfortunately many will not believe on Jesus’s name ? They choose Thier own paths that lead away from him ;

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