New: Fire Department Joins Community Effort Over Dog Buried Alive

For Immediate Release:
July 10, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

Tucker, Ga. – PETA is offering a reward of $10,000 (now $10,500, thanks to a local resident) to help find the perpetrator in the case of Lulu, the dog who died after being buried alive up to her nose near an ATV trail in Tucker. We have a new development in the community’s efforts to find her abuser:

Now the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department, Georgia Animal Rights and Protection, veterinary office staff, and other members of the community are going door-to-door to distribute more than 20,000 fliers at area homes and businesses. To aid the search further, PETA has made fliers available as printable posters, available here, so people can post them in businesses and schools, in sports centers, on community bulletin boards, and anywhere else where they’re welcome.

“Someone out there must recognize this dog, and the whole community is counting on that person to come forward so that the person who buried Lulu can be stopped from hurting anyone else,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is eager to help concerned residents get these posters out there in hopes of bringing this dog’s abuser to justice.”

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way,” and our updated news release follows.


PETA Ramps Up Effort to Find Culprit(s) Who Buried Dog Alive

Tucker, Ga. — The case of Lulu—the dog who was discovered on the evening of Tuesday, June 6, buried alive up to her nose in Tucker—remains unsolved, so PETA is now doubling its reward and is offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

DeKalb County resident Eric Purdue found Lulu on an ATV trail near Rock Mountain Boulevard and Lewis Road, and she may have been left there for several days. He dug her out of the dirt and rushed the brown chow mix to receive emergency veterinary care, but despite veterinarians’ efforts to save her, she died.

“Someone must know where this dog came from and who buried her alive, leaving her to suffer in terror for days,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this dog or her tormenter to come forward immediately before anyone else gets hurt.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—advises families to keep their animal companions safely indoors and never leave them unattended outside, where they may be taken or hurt by cruel people. Dogs should always be accompanied in the backyard and escorted on walks on a comfortable, secure harness and leash.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call DeKalb County Animal Services at 404-294-2939.

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