The will of Pamela Mobbs — a 90-year-old Florida resident and lifelong dog lover who died in October 2020 — left more than $32,000 to her local sheriff’s Department to purchase protective gear for her K-9 unit of police dogs.
Mobbs left $32,856.32 to the Volusia Sheriff’s Department in her will. Pamela Mobbs grew up on her grandfather’s estate, which was protected by a “fierce” watchdog she loved dearly, the woman’s daughter, Jane Mobbs, told WESH.
Jane Mobbs once took her mother to a K-9 police dog demonstration on a boardwalk off Daytona Beach. Her mother reportedly fell “completely in love.”
“She really enjoyed the K-9s and watching the agents handle them,” Mobbs said.
“My mother was a firm believer that all K-9s should be equipped with body armor, as they often go to precarious areas first to arrest suspects,” Jane Mobbs told the aforementioned news station. “She would be so happy to know she’s making a difference in a dog’s well-being.”
The Volusia Sheriff’s Department currently has 18 dogs in its K-9 unit. The dogs assist in performing a variety of support tasks, such as detecting drugs and explosives, as well as assisting with arrests and search and rescue missions.
The job is demanding, extremely physical and dangerous, according to Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood. Two of the department’s dogs were shot and injured in 2020.
Often, police dogs will be outfitted with protective vests that can ward off bullets and stings. In addition to the harness, Pamela Mobbs’ gift will help other future police dogs.
“This is an incredible gift to our agency and it represents this woman’s amazing love for dogs,” said Chitwood. “Her legacy will continue to positively impact the Sheriff’s Office and our citizens for years to come.”
Legal authorities often use German Shepherds as K-9s because of their high intelligence level, ability to follow commands, and ability to work long hours without getting tired. The breed is also fast, athletic, has a protective nature and shows composure under pressure, according to The German Shepherder, an online canine website.
In addition to the cost of the dog itself, it can cost anywhere from $12,000 to $15,000 to train a dog for the duties of a law enforcement agency.
Often the dogs are trained elsewhere and then delivered to the agency. There, the dogs will be matched with an officer of a temperament and experience best suited to work with them. The officers often take the dogs home to help care for and bond with their canine partners.