"We went and met him and knew that he was going to need immediate treatment," Amy Heggestad, the rescue's founder, told The Dodo. "He smelled of infection and decaying flesh."
The rescue took Able into its care: From the wounds on the right side of his body, he was almost certainly a bait dog, chained up and used as practice for dogs being forced to fight, Heggestad said. Despite his bleak past, Able's "loving and forgiving personality" shone through to his rescuers. "You could just read in his eyes that he just wanted love."