(Meredith) -- A badly injured dog that was buried alive on a Hawaiian beach is now recovering, thanks to animal rescuers.
A member of the rescue group PAWS of Hawaii found the dog covered in sores, missing most of her fur and "bleeding from every inch of her body." Someone armed with a machete, presumed to be the owner, buried the dog in the sand on West Oahu beach last Tuesday, according to rescuers.
"The man who buried her, we were led to believe, had started to cut her," Ku'ulei Durand, the Executive Director of PAWS of Hawaii told KITV.
"He felt he was ending her suffering by trying to end her life, instead of getting her the help she needed," Durand continued.
The dog, named Leialoha, suffered other disturbing injuries, including severe sunburn, lesions and swollen limbs.
"Her skin, if you were able to smell her, is rancid because she has so many open sores that are infected," said Dr. Kelly Dowdall-Garberson, with Aloha Affordable Veterinary Services.
Just one day after her rescue, Leialoha was in much better spirits. PAWS said she still has a long way to go, "but the worst is over."
"She is a tough girl, so strong and amazing," Durand told KITV. "It is so wonderful to see dogs come out of their shell, even with just a day of love."
Leialoha will stay with her foster family until she is ready for adoption. She will also have regular checkups with Dr. Kelly to make sure she continues to heal from her injuries.