She lost her ear, but rescuers found the sweetest way to make her feel safe. Abigail is too gentle for the life she has to live. The 3-year-old pit bull mix was seized during a raid on a suspected combat operation earlier this month.
But she wasn’t born to be a track athlete. So her owner is said to have decided to use her as a bait dog, essentially a chew toy to drive other dogs crazy.
The dog arrived at Miami-Dade Animal Services in Florida in a variety of ways “She was anemic,” says Victoria Frazier, of “Love is Fur Ever Dog Rescue”. “She was infected with ticks”. She smells really bad. But scariest, she was barely recognizable because her face was disfigured.
Frazier said: ‘The entire side of her face is gone. “Her skin tissue was swollen. Most of her ears are gone.” Indeed, it was ripped all the way to the eardrum. When Frazier saw that face posted on Facebook earlier this month, she didn’t hesitate. Abigail spent just a day at the shelter before Frazier and her husband took the dog to the First Pet Wellness Center in Estero, Florida.
The shelter’s staff gave Abigail as much care as possible with limited resources. But it’s not enough. “They do what they can,” says Frazier. “But the medications and antibiotics she’s taking to treat the wound she has won’t help her.” She said: “Perhaps another day or two and she could have passed from the infection, because her wound is at least a week or two old.”
New Abigail on day eight of treatment. The clinic posted daily updates on her condition to Facebook, as did Frazier on her own page. So far, her care has mostly involved dressing changes after dressing changes, which cost about $200 to $300 per day. And Frazier’s rescue organization has managed to raise enough funds to cover them for the next month.
But Abigail has also received a different treatment, says Frazier: “We started it on day one with her little headbands”. In the end, she bought Abigail a collection of hats to wear. While they cover the dog’s open wound, the hats also seem to bring a sweet smile to her.
And the idea of hood therapy seems to have caught the attention of those who are cheering for this dog.
Frazier said: “We actually have a couple of supporters who are making some of their own things for her on the way. She could wear those for the rest of her life, she added. “We made a little thing out of it.”
Currently, Abigail is living at the clinic. Her first ejaculation is scheduled for Tuesday. But from there, she will go home to Frazier, who will be her adoptive mother until Abigail is healthy enough to stay home permanently. Meanwhile, every day, little by little, her caregivers are catching a glimpse of the dog she’s always been supposed to be.
“She is a very happy girl,”