Police in Turkey arrested a man suspected of torturing a defenseless puppy after the disturbing photos of the maimed animal went viral on social media Thursday. The puppy, whose paws and tail were deliberately cut off, was found in a forest in the Sapanca district in the northwestern province of Sakarya and rushed to an emergency animal hospital for treatment.
According to the AhvalNews, President Tayyip Erdogan addressed an election rally in Istanbul, stating that the detained suspect was a construction machine operator. With an election looming so close, both government officials and politicians on both sides publicly condemned the heinous act and are calling for stricter laws against acts of animal cruelty. At this time, current laws are said to be very lenient although legislation has been pending in parliament for months with little progress.
“Whether at home or on the street, we will take the law into consideration and evaluate it. This operator was arrested today. The authorities in Sapanca ordered his arrest,” Erdogan stated during a rally speaking with supporters in the upcoming elections. “There is nothing acceptable about this, but it is very important to show this awareness.”
Social media claims stated the pup’s legs and tail could have accidentally been hacked off accidentally by a bulldozer, however veterinarian reports stated the puppy had been intentionally tortured.
“This brutality against a small being is a painful manifestation of the loss of values in our country. I hope to God that those who hurt a small puppy find what they deserve in the afterlife,” Iyi Party leader and presidential candidate Meral Aksener wrote on Twitter.
The puppy died during surgery.
(Photos of puppy tortured in Turkey via Facebook and YouTube)
Rest in peace little one.
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