The 7th Annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards honored seven finalists for Hero Dog of the Year. They were treated to an elegant night of celebration at the awards gala in Los Angeles, complete with a walk down the red carpet.
Chosen by public vote was Abigail, a courageous former dog fighting bait dog.
Found as a stray in Miami, Abigail had scars over her entire body. When she was brought to a rescue center, her face was bloody where the skin was torn down to her eardrum. She had lost an ear. She suffered from multiple infections from her horrific injuries and deep puncture wounds, had anemia, and was infested with fleas.
Experts believe she was a victim of dog fighting and was left to die when she lost her usefulness as a bait dog. Abigail needed numerous surgeries and skin grafts before her rescuers knew whether or not she’d survive from being in the dog-fighting ring.
As she recovered from her ear operation, Abigail’s team of veterinarians had to wrap her head with gauze, and the end result looked like a medical bonnet. Her unorthodox head pieces gave her confidence she’d never shown before. Source
Her terrible experience has not made her bitter and vicious -- she represents forgiveness and compassion for all rescue dogs.
Abigail’s $5000 prize will be donated to her chosen charity, Dogs on Deployment, both working toward ending discrimination against Pit Bulls and breed mixes.