On the car ride from the shelter, Able "was trying to get on my lap and give me kisses," Heggestad told The Dodo, chuckling. He's now in the care of a veterinarian. Although there have already been a number of inquiries from families interested in adopting him, Heggestad said that, for now, "we're focused on Able's healing."
Able may eventually go home with a forever family, or he may become a spokesperson for dogs rescued from dog fighting. Either way, his heartbreaking story is only further motivation for Heggestad's rescue work.
"This is a reality that's happening in your own community," she said.