A brutally abused puppy's battle to live could help strengthen Kentucky's fight to stop animal abuse.
There is finally hope days after the arrest of the man who chained his puppy to a truck and dragged him down the street.
"He just wants to be loved," says veterinarian Dr. Matt Paxton.
It's no wonder why little Malachi is breaking hearts from his bandaged shoulder to stitched up underside and healing wounds.
The puppy is proving to be a fighter and many have taken notice.
"Someone from Minnesota mailed us this blanket with his named monogrammed on it," says Dr. Paxton.
These print-outs show the number of people from around the world and country who have viewed Greystone Pet Hospital's Facebook to read about Malachi.
"I never in my wildest dreams imagined we'd see an outpouring like this," says Dr. Paxton.
The attention Malachi's story of abuse and neglect has gotten is something Warren County animal activist group, " A Voice For Animals" hopes will push lawmakers to change Kentucky laws.
"It can be a problem here because we do not have good laws in the state of Kentucky that are easy to enforce, they're very poorly written," says member Jennifer Chiles.
Vice President of the group, Jennifer Chiles says the state's lack of laws protecting animals is a major issue.
In fact..three years ago A Voice For Animals submitted an ordinance for Warren County that would update what Chiles calls "lenient laws."
"We wanted a simple concise ordinance that provided food, shelter, shade for these animals, simply that, and it wasn't passed," says Chiles.
Chiles says that what happened to little Malachi is terrible, but she's hoping something good will come from it.
"I hope the case of Malachi will raise awareness to people of the abuse that happened to this dog and happens all the time, that people can take better care of their animals," says Chiles.
If you would like to donate to Malachi's fund, you can do so at Greystone Pet Hospital, in Bowling Green.
If you would like to connect with A Voice For Animals, contact Michele Farmer at (270) 783-9195.