A west Belfast woman has denied causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire bull terrier.
Theresa McGahey, from Fort Street, is facing two charges under the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 linked to the same dog.
McGahey has been charged with both causing unnecessary suffering to the brindle and white Staffordshire bull terrier, and also failing to ensure the needs of the animal, on dates between January 1 and March 1, 2017.
When the charges were put to McGahey at Belfast Crown Court, she replied "not guilty" to both counts.
Declan Quinn, the barrister representing McGahey, said his client was "a very vulnerable lady with a significant mental health history".
He continued that the principle issue in the case was "her personal capacity to look after an animal".
The case will be mentioned again in court next month.