By Charles Wade-Palmer
A Pitbull left with half a face after being used in illegal dog fights has had life-changing surgery – and has become an internet sensation after wearing a selection of BONNETS to cover the wounds.
Abigail was found with horrifying injuries when a suspected fighting operation was seized and was brought into the care of Love is Fur Ever Dog Rescue in Florida.
After embarking on a mission to save Abigail, Victoria Frazier at the centre had her stitched up and is now collecting colourful bonnets to hide her scars.
“She wasn’t born to be a fighter so her owner allegedly decided to use her as a bait dog, essentially a chew toy to work the other dogs into a frenzy.
“The entire side of her face was missing, her skin tissue was hanging off, most of her ear was gone, she was anemic, infested with ticks and smelt awful.
“Abigail has brought so much joy and hope to so many around the world with her determination and her bonnets which make her who she is.”
Abigail first arrived at Miami-Dade Animal Services in Florida once she had been taken from a raid on a property involved in facilitating dog fights.
Her ear had been torn down to the drum and these horrendous photos show the challenge vets faced in what they described as the worst case they have ever come across.
Abigail now has a bigger headwear collection than most people thanks to Victoria’s campaign to cover up her war wounds in the most pretty way possible.
“She has been through so much and has a long way to go, she has touched so many lives and despite her past, continues to offer her unconditional love.
“We actually have some incredibly kind supporters who have been making bonnets for Abigail by hand.
“After trying one headband on her we decided to make a little thing of it and now she’s probably going to wear them for the rest of her life.”
Victoria saw Abigail for the first time on Facebook and wasted no time in bringing her to Pets First Wellness Center in Estero, Florida.
A huge push for fundraising by Victoria over the last two months has brought her $5,000 shy of her original target of $23,100 which will cover the costs treatment.
“Miami-Dade did what they could but the antibiotics weren’t helping and she might have been just a day or two from dying from being septic.”
So far, her care has mostly involved bandage change after bandage change, costing around $200 to $300 per day.
“She is a very happy girl and to see her smile wearing her fabulous array of headwear is simply heart-warming.”
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