Belfast mum and daughter facing animal cruelty trial over Jack Russell and terrier.
A mother and daughter from Belfast have appeared in court, where they both denied a charge of animal cruelty.
Sandra Mullen and her daughter Julie Mullen - who have separate addresses at Cambrai Street - appeared at Belfast Crown Court in relation to a Jack Russell and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Sandra Mullen was charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a Jack Russell from January 1, 2016 to October 3, 2016. She replied "not guilty".
Julie Mullen was charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire Bull Terrier over the same period. She also pleaded not guilty.
Crown barrister Michael Chambers said he expected the trial to last two days.
Judge Geoffrey Miller said he would review the case later this month ahead of the trial, which is due to commence on April 26.
Ordering Sandra and Julie Mullen to attend court for both the review and the trial, Judge Miller told both women as they stood in the dock, "you are free to go at this time".