A dog found buried up to her nose in Tucker died hours after being rescued. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

$5K reward offered for information on dog buried alive

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case of a Chow Chow mix dog buried alive in DeKalb County.

The dog, named Lulu by her rescuer, died just hours after being freed from tightly packed ground on a trail in Tucker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. 

Eric Purdue found Lulu on Tuesday night, buried alive up to her nose on an ATV trail near Rock Mountain Boulevard and Lewis Road in Tucker.

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Officials think she may have been left there for three days and Purdue believes the rain and overcast weather was Lulu’s saving grace during that time. 

"Someone tortured this dog by packing her in dirt, where she couldn't move, drink, or escape the terror of being buried alive," PETA Vice President of Communications Colleen O'Brien said.

O’Brien is hopeful someone will come forward with information "so that whoever buried this dog can be held responsible and stopped from hurting anyone else."

Anyone with information is asked to call DeKalb County Animal Control at 404-294-2939.

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