Hardened police officers have been shocked by the horrifying torture, mutilation and brutal slaying of a seven month old fox terrier puppy near Mackay at the weekend.
If found guilty, they could face up to two years in prison. Police have obtained video footage from a mobile phone which shows graphic images of the puppy yelping and howling in terrible pain as it hacked to pieces with garden shears and a pocked knife.
They said the owners were too distressed to talk to anyone about it.
The pups nose was cut off, its front right leg and rear left leg were cut off and it was decapitated. A three-part video series on a mobile phone shows the dog being tortured.
The maximum penalty under the Animal Care and Protection Act for such an offence is $75,000 or two years in jail; however the maximum penalty ever handed out has been a four month jail term.
WE BELIEVE THESE MEN SHOULD RECIEVE THE MAXIMUN PENALTY AVAILABLE IN AUSTRALIA FOR THIS SADISTIC, DISGUSTING ACT.
We the undersigned ask that the maximum penalty be given to the two sadistic men who tortured 'Peanut' the fox terrier puppy in Queensland.
We believe this is the most horrendeous case of animal cruelty in our country and we hope that the courts hand down the most severe punishment.
As a minimum we ask that the men recieve two years in prison without parole and a $75,000 fine each. We believe the crime far exceeds the punishment available, so please make an example of this highly publised, sickening case.
Thank you for your time and we hope that you appreciate the public outrage and shame over this gruesome act.