Every case of animal cruelty is heartbreaking for us dog lovers, but now and then we come across a story that shocks us to our very core. In this instance, it's the tale of a pup who was abused beyond belief and then buried alive.
By, 19 Jul 2019
Passersby discovered the dog buried in the sand on a beach near West Oahu, Hawaii. She'd lost over 90% of her fur, was covered in wounds inflicted by some kind of large knife, sunburnt, and dangerously dehydrated.
Emergency medical care
Rescuers rushed the pup to Aloha Affordable Veterinary Services, where she received emergency medical attention. What's more, a close examination revealed the dog was bleeding from almost every inch of her body. Aloha Veterinary Services posted the story on it's Facebook page. It 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 recovering care with Dr Kelly.”
The staff named the dog Leialoha, which translates as "beloved child.” Since news of the rescue reached the public, the centre has received over $6,000 in donations which are now being used to pay for medical treatments.
Leialoha is now living with a loving foster family. She still has a long road to recovery ahead, but things are already looking up for this amazing rescue pooch.
The first signs of recovery
Leialoha is starting to make some two-legged and four-legged friends, and her new dog-mum even caught her very first tail wag on camera!
🌼 Leialoha Update 🌼 Her first tail wag! Caught on camera 💛 Litte Leialoha is still a bit hesitant and shy, given all she’s gone through. But the improvements are consistent and just breathtaking. She wagged her tail and is coming out of her shell more each and every day! This beautiful baby is in a wonderful foster home. She has received adoption inquiries from all around the world. What a blessing to see that so many people love and care for this precious girl. We are very happy to say she has a wonderful family from Hawai’i (Big Island) interested in giving her a forever home once she’s healing up. We are truly glad that she was saved in time. She received wonderful veterinary care through Aloha Affordable Veterinary Services. Her foster ohana is outstanding. The prayers she has been receiving are helping her blossom. Mahalo Ke AKUA! . . . #rescuepetsofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #rescue #rescuedog #adopt #adoptdontshop #alwayschooseadoption #dog #dogs #dailydogs #dogoftheday #pawsofhawaii #doggy #doglovers #doglife #happydog #dogslife #pitbull #poidog #lifeisbetterwithadog #puppy
As for whoever was responsible for this vicious act, police are yet to identify any suspects. All we can say is this; some people just aren't good enough for dogs.
But let's get back to focusing on the positives. Leialoha may have had the very worst start in life, but she's already on her way to living the kind of life that every dog deserves!