Turkish police have arrested a man suspected of torturing a puppy after shocking images emerged online of the maimed animal in a case that has outraged the country and grabbed the political agenda ahead of next week\u2019s elections.\r\nThe puppy, whose four paws and tail had been cut off, was found in a forest in the Sapanca district in the northwestern province of Sakarya and taken to a vet for treatment. The wounded animal died during surgery on Friday.\r\nPresident Tayyip Erdogan told an election rally in Istanbul on Sunday that police had detained a construction machine operator on Saturday in relation to the puppy\u2019s death.\r\nErdogan pledged that Turkey\u2019s animal rights laws would be amended after the June 24 vote in which he is aiming to win a second term.\r\n\u201cWhether 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,\u201d he said.\r\n\u201cThere is nothing acceptable about this, but it is very important to show this awareness.\u201d\r\n\u00a0\r\nThe incident prompted a rare show of unity among Turkey\u2019s political parties and presidential candidates, who have been trading barbs for weeks ahead of Sunday\u2019s parliamentary and presidential elections.\r\nAs images and videos of the puppy drew outrage on social media, both government officials and opposition politicians condemned the act and have called for stricter measures against those mistreating animals.\r\nAnimal rights groups say Turkey\u2019s punishments for animal cruelty are too lenient. An amendment to animal rights legislation has been on the parliament\u2019s agenda for months, but little progress has been made.\r\n\u201cThis 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,\u201d Iyi Party leader and presidential candidate Meral Aksener said on Twitter.\r\n\u00a0\r\n\u201cIf only they would do so in this world with the correct laws as well,\u201d she said.