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Quivering Dog Pulled from Sand Just in Time After Being Cut with Machete and Buried Alive


This abused dog’s story is breaking hearts and enraging animal lovers everywhere.

Animal rescuers from PAWS of Hawaii rescued a dog they later named Leialoha from a man hoisting a machete on a Hawaii beach. The dog was evidently the victim of severe abuse.

The “poor girl was bleeding from every inch of her body,” PAWS of Hawaii wrote on Facebook.

Leialoha, whose new name means “beloved child,” was buried alive beneath the sand just before she was rescued. Photos reveal that a lot of her fur was missing and she was extremely dehydrated.

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“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,” PAWS of Hawaii wrote.

It’s hard to fathom why someone would act with such cruelty. Ku’ulei Durand, Executive Director of PAWS of Hawaii, explained that Leialoha’s owner couldn’t handle the dog’s ailments.

“He felt he was ending her suffering by trying to end her life, instead of getting her the help she needed,” Durand told KITV.

Although Leialoha has a long way to go before she recovers fully from the abuse, her health conditions are improving. Rescuers brought the suffering canine to Aloha Affordable Veterinarian Services where she was given proper medical treatment.

Meanwhile, PAWS of Hawaii raised enough money to cover her medical expenses while gifting the pooch with love and hamburgers.

Amanda, who fosters dogs for PAWS of Hawaii, was touched when she heard Leialoha’s story.

“My heart was broken and I knew she needed us to foster her,” Amanda wrote in a Facebook update. “Leialoha has come so far since Tuesday night.”

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Despite the horrors that Leialoha endured in her past, her future seems bright. According to Amanda’s update published by PAWS of Hawaii, the dog is still timid but is starting to come out of her shell. After a few months of healing, the pooch will have the opportunity to go to a loving home.

“She has a long way to go, but the worst is over,” Amanda wrote.

Despite the severity of the abuse, Leialoha’s original owner likely won’t face punishment for his actions. Hawaii’s animal abuse laws require indisputable evidence of the crime before an investigation can occur.

“Enforcement around animal laws is very difficult. Unless you have a video of the animal being abused, a picture and a report isn’t going to stick,” Durand told KITV.

However, PAWS of Hawaii hopes Leialoha’s story will inspire others to open their hearts and homes to abused animals.

“A lot of people will be upset over the condition of Leialoha and the person that hurt her. 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 said.

Liftable, a section of The Western Journal, has reached out to PAWS of Hawaii for comment but has not yet received a response. We will update this article if and when we do.

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Noel Marquis is a journalist and animal-lover hailing from the Midwest. After an internship with Disney following her college graduation, she pursued a career writing content that makes readers smile. Coffee, books and superhero movies are some of her favorite things.