BEST MATES: Ryan and Joseph Loakes take good care of Apollo and Jack.
BEST MATES: Ryan and Joseph Loakes take good care of Apollo and Jack. Tom Huntley GLADOGS

Puppy pals recover after bashing

LOOKING at these two happy and healthy pups it's hard to believe only three months ago they were the victims of a brutal bashing.

Formally known as Major and Sergeant, the two dogs, who survived a near-fatal beating, found a new home in June.

Judy Whicker, of the Friends of the RSPCA Gladstone, said the two lovable pooches were renamed Apollo and Jack by their new owners.

Now living on acreage land, the pups have lots of room to play.

"They are looking very fit and healthy," Judy said.

However Jack's long-term prognosis isn't looking too good.

Judy said he was still undergoing extensive treatment on one of his legs due to an injury he received from the beating.

"He is still having problems with his knee," she said.

"There is the possibly of losing his leg."

Judy said the owners were still persevering with his treatment before a final decision about amputation was made.

"Otherwise they are mostly happy," she said.

"They are delightful and they absolutely love kids."

To date, the treatment for the two pups has cost close to $4000.

When Robert Barry Haines was charged for the bashing in July he was ordered to pay $2499.40 restitution.

But Judy said they were yet to see any of this money.

"The community has been very good," Judy said.

"We will just continue to fundraise."



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