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In the final moments of its life, a
little dog named Lulu was loved, but
before that, she only knew a life of
Eric Purdue was trekking near Rock
Mountain Boulevard in Georgia with
his son and nephew when he heard a
faint cry come from nearby. Looking
down, he discovered two blue eyes
looking up at him. A dog had been
He fell to his knees and began
digging into the dirt with his bare
hands to rescue the little dog.
“ It ’s okay, baby. We’re going to get
you out. We’ ll get you out baby,” he
can be heard saying in a heartbreaking
video. After 30 minutes of frantic
excavating, they removed the
frightened dog from the tight hole she
had been buried in.
“ I think she knew we were trying
to help her, so she just laid there. She
wasn’t super responsive.”
He took the pooch home after
pulling her out of the ground, where
he and his family bathed it several
times that day, and never left its side.
“She was always with us . . . until
we went to bed, she was always being
From the moment he rescued Lulu,
Purdue had already made plans to
adopt the abandoned dog. But, despite
his and the veterinarians’ efforts, Lulu
died the following day.
Now the devastated father has
shared Lulu’s photo and story in the
hope of finding its killer.
“ If somebody recognises that dog,
that ’s all we need, please get in touch,
we can find this person. Somebody
had to see something,” Purdue said
pleading with the public.
“This person needs help . . . or some
serious jail time, or both,” he added.
“ I just couldn’t believe that someone
would take so much time to do such a
terrible thing to a dog.
“They ’re sick. Sick. And if they ’re
just plain cruel, maybe someone will
bury them for a day or two, see how
they like it.”
People for the Ethical Treatment
of Animals (PETA) is offering a
$10,000 reward for information that
leads to an arrest and conviction for
the person responsible, while the
Humane Society of the United States
is offering an additional $5000 reward.
“Someone tortured this dog by
packing her in dirt, where she
couldn’t move, drink or escape the
terror of being buried alive,” PETA
vice-president Colleen O’Brien
said. “PETA urges anyone with
information about this case to
come for ward immediately so that
whoever buried this dog can be held
responsible and stopped from hurting
anyone else.” — AP
Dog found buried alive
Lulu was found buried up to its face in backcountry Georgia, United States.
more Nato spending
United States pop star Ariana
Grande has paid tribute to Saffie
Roussos, the youngest victim of
the Manchester Arena bombing.
The eight-year-old was with her
family on May 22 when suicide
bomber Salman Abedi detonated
a homemade device, killing 22
people including Saffie and six
The explosion ripped through
the arena foyer as thousands
of fans, mostly young girls, left
the venue following Grande’s
Following a concert in Buenos
Aires yesterday, Grande tweeted:
“Saffie, we’re (thinking) of you
baby” alongside a birthday cake
The youngster, from Leyland,
celebrated her ninth birthday on
To mark the occasion, her family
chose to speak out, paying tribute
to Saffie and remembering how
she had looked for ward to the
Her older sister, Ashlee
Bromwich, said the super fan was
“elated” as she watched her idol
on perform on May 22.
“S he was Ariana Grande-
obsessed, so to see how happy
she was, it was just . . . obviously I
had to go with her,” she told the
Her father, Andrew Roussos,
said: “She was just counting the
days, the seconds and it was just
Ariana Grande until nine, 10
o’clock at night. And she would
sing and dance every single
song.” — PA
United States President Donald
Trump has described Poland as an
exemplary ally in building defences
to counter Russian “destabilising
while appearing to
encourage Polish defiance towards the
Trump, on his way to a potentially
fractious G20 meeting in Hamburg,
Germany, urged western Nato allies
in Europe to spend more on defence,
drawing a comparison with Poland
which meets the agreed target of 2% of
annual economic output.
The brief visit to Warsaw was billed
as an opportunity for him to patch up
relations with European allies after a
tense alliance summit in May.
Trump said the US and Poland shared
commitment to safeguarding the values
at the heart of our alliance: freedom,
sovereignty and the rule of law,” he said
in a joint press conference after meeting
Polish President Andrzej Duda.
“ We are working with Poland in
response to Russia’s actions and
destabilising behaviour. And we are
grateful for the example Poland has
set . . . by being one of the few nations
that actually meets its (Nato’s) financial
The Kremlin said it disagreed
with Trump’s assessment of Russia’s
behaviour as destabilising. Trump is
due to meet President Vladimir Putin
for the first time on the sidelines of the
Since winning an election in 2015,
Poland’s eurosceptic Law and Justice
(PiS) party has faced criticism from
its western European peers over what
some call an authoritarian tilt and
its opposition to accepting Muslim
It shares views with Trump on issues
such as migration, climate change and
coal mining, and has long said Brussels
institutions should give back some
power to national governments.
Later in the day, Trump condemned
“the steady creep of government
bureaucracy ” in a speech at a Warsaw
“The west became great not because
of paper work and regulations but
because people were allowed to
chase their dreams and pursue their
destinies,” he said, according to the
Trump did not mention the EU
by name in this context but he has
been critical of the EU in the past.
Assange hits out at
‘vapid G20 disco’
Julian Assange has described the G20
summit as the world’s “most expensive
disco” as he prepares to give an inter view
to an event close to where the world
leaders are meeting.
The Wikileaks founder will speak
today via a video link from the
Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where
he has been living for the past five years.
He said that given current geopolitical
developments, the G20 will be more
divided than ever.
“The G20 is the world’s most expensive
disco and just as intellectually vapid.
“Holding on to power leaves no time
for ideas, but power without ideas is
as useless as ideas without power,” he
During today ’s inter view in Hamburg,
Assange said he will talk about cyber
war and the “existential threat posed to
humanity by digital super states”.
Also appearing at the Democracy
in Europe event will be former Greek
finance minister Yanis Varoufakis and
philosopher Srecko Hor vat.
Assange firmly believes that if he
leaves the embassy building he will
be extradited to the United States
for questioning over the activities of
Wikileaks. — PA
Merkel’s husband seeks
friendly climate at G20
Lucy Turnbull, Melania Trump and
the spouses of other G20 leaders will
be treated to a tour of a climate change
research centre, a boat cruise and concert
during their stay in Hamburg.
The spouse programme host is German
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s husband,
scientist Joachim Sauer.
The research centre visit has been
reported as a dig at the decision by the
husband of Mrs Trump to pull out of
the Paris climate pact and renegotiate
conditions that are “fairer” to US workers.
The spouses will also go on a boat
trip in Hamburg harbour and attend
a concert with the G20 leaders at the
newly opened Elbphilharmonie concert
Professor Sauer will not be the only
“first bloke” in the touring party.
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s
husband, Philip, is also attending.
Four children, man
stabbed to death
Police have taken a mother into custody
after finding four young children and
a man apparently stabbed to death in a
home outside Atlanta, Georgia.
The bodies were found inside the home
in Loganville, Gwinnett County, police
Corporal Michele Pihera told reporters
at the scene after the woman’s arrest.
“ Right now we believe we have
everybody involved in this crime,” she
Early indications are that a knife was
used to attack the five, Pihera said.
Another child was taken to a hospital
with injuries described as serious, police
The woman was being inter viewed
by detectives and no charges have been
Police said in a statement that a
woman inside the home called police at
4.47am to report a stabbing and officers
answering the call found the five bodies
They did not say whether the woman
who placed the call was the same person
they are inter viewing.
Police said they believed the family all
lived together at the house, a motive was
not known and the children’s ages were
not immediately available. — AP
Police seek owner of severed finger
British police have launched a public
appeal to find the owner of a human
finger, seven years after it was found in
Police said overnight the DNA of the
severed finger, which came from a male,
did not match any missing person or
crime reports of the time and they have
no other clues.
It was found by a dog in the rear
courtyard of a London shop in 2010.
“ We have now exhausted all lines of
inquiry and have been unable to find
out who the finger belongs to and how
the finger became detached in the first
place. It is quite the mystery,” detective
constable Tom Boon said.
“ We are now appealing for the public
to help us solve the case.” — Reuters
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