Two warring factions in Turkey have both decided to use the brutal maiming of a helpless puppy to further their political agendas during the forthcoming elections.
The tiny helpless pup with huge sad eyes practically handed itself to spindoctors on a silver platter after being found horrifically tortured in a forest in the Sapanca district.
One party has already said it will honour the ill-fated canine by making it the National Symbol of Turkey, whilst the other political side has said the sad-faced little animal will become a permanent fixture on the Turkish Flag, replacing the star.
Both party leaders had applied to adopt the puppy, one even building a luxury state of the art indoor complex for the animal with swimming pool and leather wheelchair.
Following the sad news that the puppy, christened "çok şanssız" or "Bloody-Unlucky" by veterinary staff, had died following a 2 day "battle" to live, a man was arrested for murder last night.
A gallows has been set up for the hanging, which is likely to be attended by both political parties, one claiming that "this man has slaughtered my adopted child" and the other claiming treason by" spitting on our National Flag by killing our national dog."
Dogs and puppies are regularly slaughtered and maimed in Turkey, but not during an election or when there are tourists about.