A dog found buried alive along a Georgia trail has died, and PETA and the Humane Society are now offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who committed this heinous act of animal cruelty.
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As WXIA (Atlanta) reports, on June 6, Eric Purdue and his son and nephew were clearing some bramble and whatnot from along a trail in rural DeKalb County when he heard a sound he couldn’t identify. He walked towards the source of the noise – about 25 yards away – and there he found a sight that shocked him to his core. A dog was buried alive, with only her nose and eyes peeking above the tightly-packed dirt.
After half an hour of furious digging by hand, the men were able to extract the female dog, whom they affectionately named “LuLu.”
“I think she knew we were trying to help her, so she just laid there. She wasn’t super responsive.”
From the moment he started digging for her, Purdue planned to take the chow mix home and adopt her as his own.
“I was planning on adopting the dog. I visualized the dog riding around with me in my truck.”
In the video below, you can see Purdue talk to a reporter about when and where he found LuLu.
Unfortunately, LuLu’s injuries proved fatal, and the dog died the next day.
“The dog was loved beyond measure for the last 24 hours of her life.”
Purdue hopes that by sharing LuLu’s story, her killer can be identified and brought to justice.
“They’re sick. Sick. And if they’re just plain cruel, maybe someone will bury them for a day or two, see how they like it.”
Witnesses have told police that they recall seeing a late-model, green SUV for two days in a row – the amount of time LuLu was buried alive – in the area near where she was found. Authorities believe the SUV may be the key to cracking this case.
Meanwhile, a generous reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of LuLu’s murderer. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is offering a $10,000 reward, and the Human Society has kicked in another $5,000, according to KFSM (Ft. Smith), bringing the total reward offered to $15,000.
Purdue, for his part, plans to host a fundraiser at an Atlanta bar sometime in the future. All proceeds will go to the Lifeline Animal Project, which helps rescued, abused, and mistreated dogs.
Anyone with any information about this crime is urged to call DeKalb County Animal Control at (404) 294-2939.
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