A MAN is accused of causing 'unnecessary suffering' to, and faces a further charge of causing 'criminal damage' to, a police dog.
David Robert Thompson (38), of Whincroft House, Southland Dale, Belfast, is charged in relation to July 21 this year.
The defendant is also charged with having a knuckle duster as an offensive weapon at Lisnevenagh Road, Antrim.
He is further charged with failing to provide a specimen of blood to police; resisting a police officer; taking a Renault Traffic van without the consent of the owner; insurance and driving licence offences and having a defective tyre.
No further details were given to Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, on Tuesday and the case was adjourned to September 7.