Dog Suddenly Snaps and Kills 'Caring' Florida Rescue Center Worker

A woman at a facility for abandoned dogs in Florida was killed in a dog attack that injured another person on Thursday morning.

Pam Robb was fatally injured when a dog "suddenly snapped" and began biting her at the 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida shelter in Oakland Park at just before 11 a.m., CBS Miami reported.

The second woman suffered minor injuries when she attempted to aid Robb, who worked at the shelter caring for animals, Broward Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Claudinne Caro told CBS Miami.

Caro said: "The two adult females are workers. One of them was working with the dog when apparently the dog suddenly snapped. The second adult female tried to aid the worker, but in the process, she herself got injured."

Both women were taken to hospital by Oakland Fire Rescue personnel, where Robb was pronounced dead, Local 10 reported.

The dog was a large 125-pound mixed breed animal that had recently been rescued after being found alone in the Everglades and brought to the Oakland Park facility, Local 10 said.

Caro added: "What I understand is the dog was a rescue and this is the first time the dog had some sort of incident like this where he snaps."

Speaking to CBS Miami, Robb's wife, Angie Anobile, paid tribute to her partner of over two decades. She said: "She wasn't just doing, she was being – she was being Pam Robb, a wonderful giving, caring person.

"She had a love for those animals, she really did, and they responded very well to her. This was just a fluke accident. No one did anything out of the ordinary."

CBS Miami reported that the dog, who was named Gladys, was transported to Broward Animal Care in Broward County, Florida, where it was euthanized. A blood sample was collected from the animal to test if it had rabies.

Facebook Tribute

The 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida shelter posted a tribute to Robb on its Facebook page. It said: "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."

Anobile added about the incident: "There's always a risk when you work with abused animals and Pam was well aware of it. 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. Pam loved what she was doing and died loving what she was doing."

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A file photo of an aggressive dog. A rescue center worker in Florida was killed when a dog she was caring for "suddenly snapped." Byrdyak/GETTY