The pit bull has skin scrapes on his feet that are ” down to the bone,” says one rescuer

By Amy Jamieson
Updated January 29, 2016 04:35 PM
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This pup has earned the name Tuff Guy.

On Jan. 24, the pit bull was dragged for a nearly a mile and a half behind a truck in Maui, Hawaii, and survived — but with a long list of injuries.

The couple involved in saving him from the side of the road have set up a fundraising page to pay for his medical bills, which so far have a price tag of $7,000, according to Hawaii News Now, who reported the story.

“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 Chelsi Kalauokaaea, who discovered the limping pup with her boyfriend.

Kalauokaaea contacted Dennis Burns of Valley Isle Animal Rescue, who told Hawaii News Now 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 percent of his right side.”

According to the news station, the owner of the dog claimed they “forgot he was tied” to the truck when they drove off. Charges have not been filed in the case.

Now dubbed Tuff Guy for all he’s been through, the dog underwent surgery at Central Maui Animal Clinic, but the recovery from this will be long.

So far, $8,000 has been raised via a YouCaring.com page. “100 percent of the funds raised will go straight to Tuff Guy’s medical bill,” reads a message on the page. “Tuff Guy may require several skin graft surgeries and months of bandaging.”

Kalauokaaea, who plans to adopt the dog when he is well enough, is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from near and far.

“Mahalo to ALL those involved with helping this boy on his long road to recovery,” says the post. “The saying …’It takes a village’ … well here on Maui … it takes an island.”