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Nearly half a million people sign Chunky petition

It was one of the worst ever cases of animal abuse investigated by the RSPCA Credit: RSPCA

More than 450,000 people have signed a petition demanding that the government sets up an animal cruelty register after the treatment of Chunky.

He was attacked for hours in what the RSPCA called one of the most disturbing cases of animal abuse they had ever seen.

Kent Online reports that organiser Maxine Berry is hoping to hand over the 11 pages of signatures and 96,000 comments to Thanet North and animal rights campaigner MP Sir Roger Gale, to pass on to ministers.

“Chunky was, over a period of hours, beaten and drugged, his neck was broken, he was set on fire and finally he was dumped and left for dead."

Chunky recovered after his ordeal and has been returned to his owner Credit: RSPCA

Three teenagers, aged 15 and 16, admitted kicking and punching the chihuahua cross before breaking his leg and neck.

They then set him on fire, fed him drugs and dumped him in a rubbish tip in Margate.

Despite his ordeal the dog survived and has now been returned to his owner.