A MAN will appear at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court for trial in the summer having pleaded not guilty to animal abuse charges.

James Hodgson, 31, was arrested after a man was seen hitting a dog with a metal chain on Barnsley Road, Goldthorpe, on October 16.

Hodgson, of Victoria Street, Goldthorpe, was due to appear at court on Monday but was granted bail in his absence and will next appear for the trial on July 9.