IF THERE is one thing Ipswich residents hate, its cruelty against animals.
Hundreds of QT readers have taken to Facebook to express their outrage and sadness over a recent incident of animal abuse.
Earlier this week, the QT reported about a 10-month-old pup that was beaten within an inch of its life and left for dead in Collingwood Park bushland.
The female bull Arab cross - now named Lucy - suffered major head injuries and wounds all over its body.
It's currently recovering at RSPCA Wacol following surgery at a veterinary hospital at Albany Creek.
The article struck a chord with our readers who left 175 comments on the QT's Facebook page and shared it more than 756 times.
Most of the comments expressed sympathy for the dog and disgust towards the person responsible for the cruel act.
A lot of Facebookers said the incident highlighted the need for harsher punishment for acts of animal cruelty.
"Please bring in tougher penalties and jail sentences for the scum bags that do this to animals," Amanda Gay said on Facebook.
"It's absolutely appalling and heart-breaking"
RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said the public response to the incident was "unbelievable".
"On the RSPCA Facebook page we've had more than 900 comments about Lucy and the incident," he said.
"The community at large has no tolerance for whoever is deliberately cruel to animals."
Mr Beatty said the RSPCA were currently investigating a few leads into the case.
He said he believed State Parliament was meeting on Tuesday to debate tougher penalties for existing animal cruelty offences. Mr Beatty said the maximum penalty was currently three years in prison.
Any person with information on the crime can call 1300 ANIMAL.
For an update on Lucy's recovery grab a copy of tomorrow's QT.
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Renee Bradley: They start with animals and move onto humans - I hope this scum is caught before they progress.
Gavman Porter: Our boy is seven years old and found this dog with his friend. This is something no child should have to see and they were very upset.
Janice Da Silva: When animals do this to humans they are euthanized instantly - what goes around comes around I reckon.
Margaret Kippen: When I read this article...it made me feel sick. If they find this sick person there is no penalty strong enough to make him pay.
David Dorritto Neilsen: There are some sick people in this country. Torturing an animal for no reason, deserves life imprisonment.
Sue-anne O'Brien: This is so sad and disgusting. How can anyone do this to such a beautiful animal?
Mary-Ellen Haigh: Poor little puppy dog. How can people be so cruel?