Two charged with pony cru­elty

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

TWO men will face court in Queens­land over a sick­en­ing at­tack in which a Shet­land pony was dragged be­hind a car on Christ­mas Day.

The men, from Mur­phys Creek, aged 17 and 33, will face an­i­mal cru­elty charges when they ap­pear in court at Gat­ton.

The pony, dubbed Elf by RSPCA staff, suf­fered hor­rific in­juries from be­ing teth­ered to the car with a rope and dragged along Mur­phys Creek Rd, near Toowoomba.

The an­i­mal’s in­juries in­cluded se­vere abra­sions, some of which ex­posed its leg joints, and se­verely dam­aged and blood­ied hooves.

Vets ini­tially thought they would have to put the pony down but he made a re­mark­able re­cov­ery.

Elf will go to a char­ity that uses horses to ed­u­cate young peo­ple.

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