The reward has grown to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever buried a dog up to her nose in the ground near Atlanta.

The canine later died.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced the reward increase on Monday.

The Humane Society announced that it would contribute $5,000 toward the reward as well.

Last month, Eric Purdue found and rescued the chow chow mix, which had been buried alive in tightly packed ground on an all-terrain vehicle trail in Tucker.

The canine later died. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced the reward increase on Monday. The Humane Society announced that they would contribute $5,000 toward the reward as well

Last month, Eric Purdue found and rescued the chow chow mix, which had been buried alive in tightly packed ground on an all-terrain vehicle trail in Tucker
Purdue named her Lulu.

Officials believe she may have been left there for three days, and Purdue believes rain and overcast weather saved her.

Lulu later died, however, despite veterinarians’ efforts to help her.

PETA officials say they’re hopeful someone will come forward with information.

The reward has grown to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever buried a dog up to her nose in the ground near Atlanta last month

Purdue named her Lulu. Officials believe she may have been left there for three days, and Purdue believes rain and overcast weather saved her

Lulu later died, however, despite veterinarians’ efforts to help her. PETA officials say they’re hopeful someone will come forward with information
‘It’s OK, baby. We’re going to get you out. We’ll get you out baby,’ Purdue said to the fluffy brown, chow-mix in a video which aired on WXIA-TV.

He said he was cutting briars along the trail when he heard a noise from about 25 yards away.

Purdue said he was cutting briars along the trail when he heard a noise from about 25 yards away

Purdue said he started to move closer to the source of the noise and almost stepped on Lulu’s face.

That’s when he began to frantically try to extricate the dog from the ground.

He dug quickly with his hands, and then his son and nephew joined to help him.

After 30 minutes of intensive digging, Lulu was finally free, but her ordeal had taken a toll.

‘I think she knew we were trying to help her, so she just laid there. She wasn’t super responsive,’ Purdue recalled.

Purdue and his family took Lulu home that evening and never left her side. They bathed her and petted her for hours – trying to comfort the traumatized canine.

‘She was always with us… until we went to bed, she was always being petted,’ he said.

Lulu was rushed to a local veterinarian. The day after she was pulled from the ground, the vet called Purdue to inform him that she had passed.

Purdue (seen above) dug quickly with his hands, and then his son and nephew joined to help him. After 30 minutes of intensive digging, Lulu was finally free, but her ordeal had taken a toll

‘I think she knew we were trying to help her, so she just laid there. She wasn’t super responsive,’ Purdue recalled. Above he points out where Lulu’s face was in relation to the trail

Lulu was rushed to a local veterinarian. The day after she was pulled from the ground, the vet called Purdue to inform him that she had passed. Witnesses told police they saw a late-model, green SUV drive by twice during the three days Lulu is believed to have been buried

‘I was planning on adopting the dog,’ Purdue said.

‘I visualized the dog riding around with me in my truck. But they called me around 4:30 the next day to tell me that she’d passed.”

‘June was a rough month; it really was. I think about her a lot.’

In the month since Lulu was buried alive, police have yet to find any credible leads.

‘If somebody recognizes that dog, that’s all we need, please get in touch, we can find this person,’ Purdue said.

‘Somebody had to see something.’

Witnesses told police they saw a late-model, green SUV drive by twice during the three days Lulu is believed to have been buried.

‘This person needs help. A lot of it. Or some serious jail time, or both,’ Purdue said of whoever is responsible.

‘I just couldn’t believe that someone would take so much time to do such a terrible thing to a dog.

‘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.’

Anyone with information about this case should call DeKalb County Animal Control, at (404) 294-2939.