Miracle Pup: From Buried Alive to Beloved Family Member

In a heartwrenching incident earlier this year, a dog was found buried alive on a Hawaiian beach, yet amidst the horror, a tale of resilience and compassion emerged.

Now known as Leialoha, the puppy thrives in the care of a loving foster family after her traumatic ordeal.

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The distressing discovery unfolded when a bystander witnessed a shocking scene on an Oahu beach, where an unknown assailant was seen burying a dog alive with a machete.


Prompt action was taken as PAWS of Hawaii was alerted, swiftly mobilizing a rescue mission to save the helpless pup.

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Leialoha, as she’s now called, was in dire condition upon rescue—sunburned, riddled with sores, and gravely ill.

Thanks to the diligent care provided by Aloha Affordable Veterinary Services, she received the necessary medical attention to begin her journey toward recovery.


Amanda Krasniewski and her husband, who are experienced in fostering animals, stepped in to provide Leialoha with a loving home.

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Their passion for animal welfare was ignited during a vacation in St. Croix, where they adopted their first rescue dog, Mocha. Since then, they’ve been committed to fostering needy dogs, including Leialoha.

Despite a challenging start marked by physical and emotional trauma, Leialoha gradually blossomed under the care of the Krasniewski family.


Her progress was evident each day, from tentative steps out of her crate to playful interactions with her new canine companions.

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Though initially intended for adoption by another family, circumstances led the Krasniewskis to realize that Leialoha had found her permanent home with them.

Today, she’s a picture of happiness and health, embodying the resilience of animals in the face of adversity.


Leialoha’s story is a poignant reminder that love and compassion can triumph over cruelty and neglect. It’s a testament to the power of kindness and the transformative impact of second chances.

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Thanks to the unwavering dedication of individuals like the Krasniewski family and organizations like PAWS of Hawaii, Leialoha’s journey from despair to happiness stands as a beacon of hope for animals in need everywhere.

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