Robin Scott - Safer Streets One K-9 at a Time
Heroes are undeniably defined by acts of bravery, but not all heroes stand on two feet. Some stride steadfast on four legs - trained to aid human officers.
In this week's Pay it Forward we meet a woman whose mission is keeping crime fighting k-9's and the communities in which they serve and protect, safe.
I meet Don Scott in his Southside neighborhood as he takes his dog, Guido, for a morning walk. Don and his wife, Robin, are animal lovers. Don tells me, "We have four dogs, three cats.. and we just had a litter of six puppies."
He wants to recognize Robin's passion on behalf of police dogs, which began a bit by accident.
"She saw a video online and it was showing a canine dog getting killed. She was like, no we've gotta figure out why and what's going on."
Don goes on to say, "She basically spent day and night, day and night, day and night on the computer trying to find something, and she finally came up with inVEST in K-9."
It's a self-started donation drive for quality K-9 safety vests. Every penny she raises goes straight into the program."
Times are hard because his wife doesn't get paid, but he appreciates her around-the-clock work and dedication. Don says Robin is his hero.
Worried that she' wondering why the walk is taking so long, we count out our cash and hurry towards the house.
Once there a wave of people moves past and then Robin walks out.
Don explains why he and Guido returned from their walk with a camera crew.
"On behalf of the McMahan Law Firm and NewsChannel 9 I wanted to Pay it Forward for all the work you've done for the vests."
She shares her favorite photos of K-9's she's already helped. Robin says, "We're now five vests in and we have six left to go."
Her vision of safer streets starts at home.
"I don't want to just make this just Chattanooga. I want to go to Hamilton County. I want to go to East Ridge. I want to go to Red Bank..."
Robin tells me her goal is to eventually provide armor for police dogs throughout the entire state of Tennessee.
Robin says, "They (dogs) are the heroes. They are the reason I am doing what I am doing."
It's a tireless commitment that's earned her a nickname she hopes will be a lasting legacy, the "K-9 Lady."
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