A MAN has been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal after reports that a dog was seen being abused on a high street.
James Hodgson, 31, of Victoria Street, Goldthorpe, was arrested after a man was seen hitting a dog with a metal chain on Barnsley Road, Goldthorpe on Wednesday October 16.
Hodgson pleaded not guilty at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday), charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, using threatening and abusive behaviour to cause fear and harm and for breach of a domestic violence protection order.
The dog was taken to a vets to receive care and treatment.
Hodgson was bailed and is due to appear at Barnsley Magistrates' Court on February 10 for trial.