The Australian RSPCA has said a pony that was dragged behind a car on Christmas day is lucky to be alive.

The Shetland pony was tied to a rope and dragged along by the car in southeast Queensland.

It suffered severe cuts to its legs and tore its hooves.

“He’s going to pull through,” an RSPCA spokesman told local press. “But we need to find out who it belongs to and more about what happened.”

Two men were seen dragging the pony before letting go of the rope and speeding away at around 1pm on 25 December.

The pony is currently in the care of the RSPCA.

“It was in considerable pain and had difficulty walking or even standing,” added RSPCA Queensland’s assistant chief inspector Tracey Jackson.