Eric Purdue discovered a horrific sight while walking a trail near his home in DeKalb County, GA last month.
The Tucker, GA resident was shocked when he stumbled on a dog that was buried in the ground up to its nose.
"Basically, her head was sticking out of a hole, the size of a grapefruit,” he told WSBTV News.
Purdue said he almost stepped on her before realizing someone had actually placed the dog in that circumstance. He immediately started comforting the Chow Chow mix he would later name Lulu.
"We're going to get you out baby, we're going to get you out," he said during the ordeal in a recording on his phone. "Oh my God! Who would fucking do such a thing?"
Purdue immediately started digging her out with his hands after calling family members to come help him. The dog was tightly wedged and it took roughly 30 minutes to free her.
Purdue believes she was buried alive for at least two days. Lulu was covered in ants and severely dehydrated. The Purdues then put the helpless dog in their truck and brought her home where they bathed her and stayed by her side while she rested.
The following day they took her to the animal hospital. They decided then and there that they wanted adopt her as soon as she recovered.
Unfortunately, Lulu died the following day.
PETA is urging anyone with information about this dog or her tormentor to come forward immediately. They're offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the person or persons responsible.
It's been over a month since this horrific crime happened and police have not received any leads. Purdue is hoping someone will come forward soon.
"If somebody recognizes that dog, please get in touch. That's all we need. We can find this person. This person needs help or some serious jail time, and or both."
The Purdues remain shaken by what happened to Lulu and vow to never forget her. Purdue says he still goes to the spot where he found her to pay his respects. He added that she was loved immensely for the last 24 hours of her life.
The Purdue family is hosting a benefit this Saturday for Lulu at the Star Community Bar in Little Five Points, Ga. They will donate all proceeds to the Lifeline Animal Project, which helps dogs like her.
“It's going to be free with a donation at the door. And then we're going to celebrate her life with music,” he told 11Alive News.