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90-Year-Old Dog Lover Passes, Leaves Over $32,000 to Buy Police K-9s Bulletproof Vests

TIMEDecember 21, 2021

A lifelong lover of dogs—especially German shepherds—Pamela Mobbs left a gift of over $32,000 from her estate to the Volusia Sheriff’s K-9 officers after passing away in October 2020 at the age of 90.

The sum is to be divided exactly in half, respectively going toward supplying bulletproof vests for K-9 units in the field and training additional dogs for the force.

Pamela, from Daytona Beach, Florida, became enamored with dogs when she was a little girl in England, her daughter Jane Mobbs said in a Sheriff’s press release. Pamela’s granddad had a “fierce” guard dog that aroused fear in those who saw it.

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(Courtesy of Volusia Sheriff’s Office)

“My mother wandered out into the backyard, and although her grandfather feared the worst, the dog was super gentle with her and protected her always,” Mobbs said. “She had many shepherds in her life.”

Decades later, Pamela became enthralled with police dogs when her daughter took her to a K-9 unit demonstration near the Daytona Beach Bandshell.

“She thoroughly enjoyed the K-9s and watching the officers handle them,” Mobbs said. “My mother wholeheartedly believed all the K-9s should be fitted with bullet proof vests as they often go into uncertain areas first to help apprehend suspects.

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Deputy Whitson and K-9 Endo. (Courtesy of Volusia Sheriff’s Office)

“She would be so happy to know that she is making a difference in a dog’s well-being.’’

The sheriff’s office currently has a roster of 18 K-9 units trained for various jobs, such as detecting narcotics, locating bombs, and sniffing out bad guys in dangerous locations.

The Volusia Sheriff received two separate checks from Mobbs’s estate, each for $16,428.16 ($32,856.32 in total).

“This is an incredible gift to our agency and it represents this woman’s amazing love for dogs,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. “Her legacy will continue to positively impact the Sheriff’s Office and our citizens for years to come.”

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(L) Pamela Mobbs, who passed away in October 2020 at the age of 90, gifted Volusia Sheriff with over $32,000; (R) Senior Deputy Anthony Zimmerer and K-9 Koda. (Courtesy of Volusia Sheriff’s Office)

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