Andrew Christopher Cook, 33 (right) and Zachery Hudson, 17, faced Gatton Magistrates Court.
Andrew Christopher Cook, 33 (right) and Zachery Hudson, 17, faced Gatton Magistrates Court.

Animal cruelty accused in court

TWO Lockyer Valley men faced court yesterday charged over a sickening attack in which a Shetland pony was dragged behind a car.

Zachery Hudson, 17, and co-accused Andrew Christopher Cook, 33, appeared self-represented in Gatton Magistrates Court over the Christmas Day incident.

The pony, dubbed Elf by RSPCA staff, suffered horrific injuries after being tied to a car with a rope and dragged along Murphys Creek Rd at Murphys Creek.

The animal suffered severe abrasion wounds, some of which exposed its leg joints, and severely damaged and bloodied its hooves.

Vets initially thought they would have to put the pony down but Elf managed to make a remarkable recovery.

Cook and Hudson appeared briefly in court yesterday but requested an adjournment because their solicitor was unable to attend.

The men, both of Murphys Creek, did not enter a plea but were placed on bail.

Cook made comments about police and media interest in the case before the pair left the court room and told the media to “f*** off”.

The pair are scheduled to reappear in Gatton Magistrate’s Court on March 15.

Elf is temporarily in foster care with a charity called Equine Learning for Futures that develops and implements equine-based educational programs for disadvantaged children.



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