OAKLAND PARK, Fla. – A large mix-breed dog named Gladys killed a woman on Thursday morning at the 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida facility in Oakland Park.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office said the dog also injured another woman who was trying to save the victim just before 11 a.m., at 345 E. Commercial Blvd.
The woman who was killed was Pam Robb, who died doing what she loved most, her partner of 25 years said just hours after the tragedy.
“There’s always risk when you work with abused animals and Pam was well aware of it,” Robb’s wife, Angie Anobile, said. “It’s a tragic accident. I’m sorry it happened to the love of my life, and I’m sorry it happened to someone who could make such a difference in society.”
The nonprofit organization released a statement on Facebook: “Our Hearts are Broken for our Dear Friend Pam. our deepest condolences to her family & friends. We are All grieving & ask for you to please give us time to process this great misfortune & loss of our Dear friend. We thank you for your love & patience.”
Oakland Park Fire Rescue personnel took both women to a hospital where a doctor pronounced Robb dead.
Linda DeCurzio, a former volunteer, was outside the facility as deputies investigated the attack.
“I am really, really, very, very, upset about this,” DeCurzio said adding, “Any of those dogs, I mean they are such wonderful dogs. They take such great care of these dogs, they are wonderful with these dogs, and how something like this could happen — it is unbelievable.”
The dog was in the custody of Animal Care on Thursday evening.
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