Dog found buried alive and bleeding 'from every inch of her body'
Some people just don't deserve dogs. Despite the love and affection our four-legged friends bestow upon us, there are dog owners out there who feel the need to harm and abuse these wonderful creatures. Thankfully for this beautiful pup, she was rescued just in time.
The dog was found buried alive in the sand on a beach in West Oahu, Hawaii. She was missing 90% of her fur, was covered in cuts inflicted by a machete, severely sunburnt, and dangerously dehydrated, PAWS of Hawaii wrote on their Facebook page last Tuesday.
The original post read:
"This beautiful girl was found by one of our team members. Someone had just buried her and they had a machete so who knows what was next. This precious girl is incredibly swollen, sunburned and missing 90% of her fur. Our entire team rushed out to pick her up and she is now at Aloha Affordable Veterinary Services recovering care with Dr. Kelly. If you can donate to her medical care please do. Visit pawsofhawaii.org/donate."
After being rushed to the Aloha Affordable Veterinary Services, the dog was given crucial fluids, medicine, and blood tests. Her first bath also revealed that the pooch was "bleeding from every inch of her body".
Since her rescue, the dog has been named Leialoha, which means "beloved child", and her rescuers are now recieved over $6,000 in donations to help pay for her recovery and care. Leialoha has now been taken in by a loving foster family while she heals.
Her foster mom, Amanda, has fostered several over dogs that have come through PAWS, and after meeting Leialoha, she said: "My heart was broken and I knew she needed us to foster her."
Five days after being rescued, Amanda wrote the following:
"Leialoha has come so far since Tuesday night. Initially, she would only leave her kennel to go to the bathroom. Last night, she came out, while we had friends over to see what was for dinner and has been liking being under the coffee table.
"She has a long way to go, but the worst is over"
Check out the post below to see the Leialoha's first tail wag since being rescued.
Ku’ulei Durand, the Executive Director of PAWS of Hawaii, said in an interview with KITV 4:
"The man who buried her, we were led to believe, had started to cut her. He felt he was ending her suffering by trying to end her life, instead of getting her the help she needed.
"There are so many things you can do to help, like contact local rescues or shelters and see what you can do to assist."
Durand now hopes the anger people have felt over Leialoha's traumatic ordeal will lead to them helping other abused animals.
No arrests have been made in the case. It was unclear if a suspect has been identified by police, PEOPLE has reported.