A woman left devastated after sick teenage thugs beat her pet Jack Russell to death with a pole has been gifted a new pooch.

Patricia Pendergast found seven-year-old Mim lifeless on the ground after hearing youths laughing in her front porch at night.

Shocked neighbours reported youths running with a "large pole" from the scene in Ipswich in Queensland, Australia, last Tuesday.

Police have appealed for CCTV footage amid furious calls for the "psychopaths" to be jailed.

Ms Pendergast has now thanked a kind stranger who has offered her to re-home her Foxy Jack Russell, Missy.

Anne Scott told the Courier Mail: "I love dogs so much and it would have been devastating for me to have that happen.

"I thought that Missy would love Patricia because she seemed like a dog lover."

Jack Russell Terrier walking through forest by path (stock picture)

Riverview Neighbourhood Watch has said on Facebook: "One was carrying a large pole,' the organisation posted to their Facebook page.

"They were seen to be laughing as they ran off. When the victim returned to her yard (after a short chase) she discovered that her dog had been beaten to death.

"It had head injuries consistent with being hit with a pole numerous times and had suffered a very violent and painful death."

Cute Jack Russell terrier with owner at home (stock picture)

Locals posted: "This is sickening. I can’t imagine what this poor dog went through and how distressed his owner must be.

"It is difficult enough to lose a fur baby, but to suffer such a cruel loss is heart wrenching. I hope they are caught and severely punished.

"Talk about signs of serial killers in the making!... May the psychopaths who committed this murder brought in jail.

"What scares me even more about reading this, is if they could do that to an innocent pup, what else are they capable of? And they are still out there.

"Sure hope they are caught and punished severely."