A 29-year-old man is to stand trial later this year on animal cruelty charges.
Neil Frederick Pinkerton has been charged with, and denies, two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog, and a third count of cruelty to a fox.
Pinkerton, from Clandeboye Street in east Belfast, appeared at Belfast Crown Court where he was arraigned on three separate offences.
He was charged with causing unnecessary suffering to both a black and tan terrier dog, and a fox, on December 28, 2016.
He was also charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a black and tan terrier dog on January 25, 2017.
All the offences have been brought under the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.
A trial has been scheduled for December 12.