Donations pour in for dog dragged by truck for over a mile

Published: Jan. 27, 2016 at 2:33 AM HST|Updated: Jan. 27, 2016 at 4:00 AM HST
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Nurses from Central Maui Animal Clinic working hard to make Tuff Guy feel comfortable
Nurses from Central Maui Animal Clinic working hard to make Tuff Guy feel comfortable

KIHEI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A dog was dragged behind a truck for nearly a mile and a half through a Maui neighborhood and survived thanks to a couple of good Samaritans.

The owners say they forgot the pit bull was tied to back of their truck when they left Sugar Beach.

The incident happened Sunday around 7 p.m.

That's when Chelsi Kalauokaaea and her boyfriend discovered the dog limping on the side of Uwapo Road in Kihei.

"I couldn't even really look at him because he was bleeding all over the place and he had huge cuts on his side," said Kalauokaaea.

Kalauokaaea contacted Dennis Burns of Valley Isle Animal Rescue. He came and took the dog to get medical attention.

Burns said it's one of the worst cases he's ever seen.

"Skin scrapes most of them on his feet were down to the bone," Burns said. "His privates were ground down. He lost most of his skin on 60% of his right side."

The pit, dubbed "Tuff Guy," underwent surgery at Central Maui Animal Clinic, but still has a long road to recovery.

The community has rallied around him, donating money to help cover much of the $7,000 medical bill.

"It's such an amazing thing that people from all over the place are donating," said Kalauokaaea. "Texas, Florida, all over the U.S. donating to a dog they don't know."

But Burns and Kalauokaaea still want the owners held responsible for what they did. They share important reminders for all pet owners.

"Please, people be responsible," Burns said. "And if you're going to have your dog in the back of the truck, have them tethered correctly or put them in a cage or kennel in the back of the truck."

"The easiest solution to all of this is just keep them in the car with you," said Kalauokaaea.

Burns plans to visit with Maui police on Wednesday to see if any charges will be filed against the owners.

In the meantime, doctors are hoping Tuff Guy makes a full recovery. That's when Kalauokaaea and her boyfriend plan to adopt him.

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