Bashed puppies find homes
Major and Sergeant, the two pups who survived a near-fatal beating two weeks ago, have found a new home.
Judy Whicker of the RSPCA is thrilled with the result.
"I can confirm a lady from Ridgelands has been to see both dogs and will be adopting them," she said.
"She rehabilitates animals and is prepared to nurse them back to health."
It will be a bittersweet goodbye for Mrs Whicker and Tameka Bishop who have been fostering Sergeant and Major respectively.
"Oh, I'll bawl my eyes out when he goes," said Mrs Whicker, giving Sergeant an affectionate rub.
"I always do with dogs I foster, but these two are particularly special."
Ms Bishop will be equally upset to say goodbye to Major.
"It's surprising, after everything he's been through, he's a really happy dog," she said.
"Although he does sook and cry at night-time. He loves to sleep in my bed.
"If he can't see you, he howls for you. He loves to be around other people. He's a really good dog."
Both the dogs will stay in foster care until their health improves.
Major in particular is still physically suffering from the beating.
The four-month-old pup has one of his front legs in a cast and it is not yet known whether or not he will have to have the limb amputated in the future.
"He has quite a bit of nerve damage to that leg so it may eventually have to be amputated," Mrs Whicker said.
"However we will do everything we can to make sure that doesn't happen. We will persevere."
The plight of Major and Sergeant has captured the region's heart as well as infuriated many an animal lover.
Some residents took to Facebook to express their outrage and what they thought was a suitable punishment for animal cruelty.
James Wragg thought actual time should be served by those who mistreated their animals, posting "People who abuse animals, should be abused them selves to see how they like it, as for actual punishment… they should get a min of 5 years jail a permanent banning from ever owning pets for an X amount of years, and made to take a course in respecting pets and doing charity work with the RSPCA!"
Danielle Attwood did not specify exactly what punishment should be doled out to animal abusers but did state a conviction should be recorded.
"The fact that the person committed animal cruelty needs to haunt them when looking for jobs applying for centerlink etc . Just like criminal check they need to be made accountable for their actions," she wrote.
Shelly Holzeimer thought the same laws that applied to cruelty against humans should be enforced for cruelty against animals.
"I think there should be no difference in punishment whether it is an animal or a human - attempted killing is attempted killing, and the number of legs the victim has should be immaterial. The crime is defenceless."
Currently the maximum penalty in Queensland for animal cruelty is two years imprisonment or a $100 000 fine.