As horrific and barbaric as it is, sadly, dog-fighting is still a thing. It’s illegal, but that doesn’t stop criminals from turning dogs, often abused ones, on each other for “sport.”
It’s truly terrible and inhuman, but luckily, there are plenty of organizations and volunteers cracking down on this awful practice, and rescuing dogs from lives of pain, misery, and brutality.
Dogs rescued from fighting rings can, with some help, be rehabilitated and go on to lead happy, healthy, and productive lives. But some, like Abigail, need a little extra support.
Abilgail is a pit bull mix who was used not as a fighter, but rather as a “bait dog.” As a result, her face was mangled and she was all but missing one whole ear. She arrived at the Miami-Dade Animal Services office in November looking like she might not make it.
The first thing she needed was something to cover the wound on the side of her head, keeping it safe from infection and irritation, and so volunteers began knitting her bonnets in all kinds of styles. After all, if you’re going to wear a hat, it might as well be stylish, right?
While most dogs don’t care for fashion, Abigail seemed to really like the lats from the get-go. Maybe they provided comfort and a feeling of security over her injury. And as her story and pictures of her wearing the little hats spread, her hat collection started growing as more and more hats started pouring in from all over the world.