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Youth charged over shetland dragging

January 1, 2011

A 17-year-old youth will appear in court later this month over an incident in which a shetland stallion was dragged from a car on Christmas Day.

The shetland stallion is recovering from his injuries at the Queensland RSPCA's Fairfield shelter.

The lower half of the stallion's front hooves have been badly injured.

Toowoomba police have charged the youth with animal cruelty, alleging he was the person holding a rope from a passenger window which was tied around the horse's neck.

The stallion, now in Queensland RSPCA care, has extensive lacerations and torn hooves, but is expected to recover.

Police and the RSPCA began investigated after members of the public reported challenging the two men who were pulling the shetland alongside a Holden Commodore.

It is alleged the vehicle picked up speed until the animal stumbled and was dragged. The pair allegedly repeated the scenario several times.

The youth, from Helidon Spa, has been ordered to appear in the Gatton Magistrates Court this month.

Efforts are continuing to locate the driver.



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