When we hear stories of animal abuse, it often makes our skin crawl and our blood boil. That is certain to be the way that you feel when you hear about this dog, who was slashed by her owner before being buried alive on the beach.
Fortunately, the story has a happy ending because the dog was found and is now recovering. They found Leialoha on O’ahu beach in Hawaii under the sand. She was ‘incredibly swollen, sunburnt and missing 90 percent of her fur’ when they found her.
The dog was found by a passerby who alerted PAWS of Hawaii. That animal group shared pictures of the dog that showed the shocking results of the abuse.
Leialoha was immediately taken to the Aloha Affordable Veterinary Services. She was treated for dehydration and severe skin disease. A number of lacerations were discovered on her front leg, making PAWS Hawaii suspect that the man who buried her may also have abused her by cutting her leg.
The good news is, Leialoha is expected to ‘bounce back’ and PAWS Hawaii was thanking those who were making monetary donations to pay for the treatment.
Leialoha is being looked after by her foster mother, Amanda. A post on the PAWS Hawaii page quoted Amanda as saying: “Earlier this week, I was scrolling FB, while the girls were getting haircuts and saw that there was a dog on the westside of Oahu that had been buried in the sand and been cut on her leg with a machete. She was badly sunburned, covered in sores, and missing most of her fur.
“My heart was broken, and I knew she needed us to foster her. 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. Say aloha to Leia!”
Two additional pictures that were more recent were shared of Leialoha. She was still sore looking and red but seemed to be a little perkier. It wasn’t long before people were wishing Leialoha well and thanking Amanda and PAWS Hawaii for their efforts.
We hope that Leialoha continues to make a recovery.