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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Sheriff's Office investigating tortured bait dog

EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - A dog was used for bait, trapped in a pen, while other dogs tried to kill it. But somehow the dog managed to survive and is now on the road to recovery.

Kekoa is happy to be alive despite the injuries all over his body.

He was picked up by Effingham County Animal Control as a stray. Officials say he was used as a bait dog for dog fighting.

"When I saw the condition the dog was in I just couldn't turn him down. I don't have any funds...but I couldn't turn him down. We'll find the money," H.O.P.E. volunteer Pat Manser says.

H.O.P.E. stands for Helping Our Pets in Effingham. Manser says Kekoa was in desperate need of a vet when he was found. He is now being cared for at the Rice Hope Animal Hospital. Both H.O.P.E. and the Malachi Foundation have partnered to make sure the dog gets what he needs.

"His stomach has been full of dirt so he was starved. You can tell from the pictures," Manser said.

Manser says Kekoa was used as a bait dog. She says his mouth was probably muzzled and fighting dogs were allowed to bite him.

But despite all the abuse and suffering, he shows no signs of aggresion.

"When he came to the shelter he could barely even stand up. Now he is running around. He has got the will to live," Manser said.

Kekoa's caretakers say he is completely trusting...almost like he knows this is his second chance.

"It hurts that people can be so cruel. People have such a disregard for life," Manser said.

Kekoa should be released from the hospital on Wednesday and then will be put in a foster home through the Malachi Foundation. They will rehabilitate him and eventually adopt him out to a loving home when he is healthy enough.

The case is under investigation by the Effingham County Sheriff's Office. Deputies say they are trying to determine who hurt the dog. If you have any information, contact the Sheriff's Office.

If you would like to help H.O.P.E. :

Chipin link:
http://maverickstravel.chipin.com/kekoas-medical-care

Or mail checks or money order to:
H.O.P.E.
P.O. Box 2601
Rincon, GA 31326
*All checks payable to H.O.P.E.

Transfers can also be made to hope by contacting
Certus Bank
587 S. Columbia Ave
Rincon, GA 31326
912-826-4286

H.O.P.E. Facebook page link:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/HOPE/313233625384532

Youtube video link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLbB6IXS9aM

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