A MAN accused of strangling a family pet to death in front of its elderly carer earlier this year is set to contest the animal cruelty charge he faces.

Rodney Leonard Farrand's solicitor Brad Skuse today sought an adjournment in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court so that he and his client could prepare for a "day-long hearing" on the next date.

While Farrand has yet to enter a plea to the charge, the move is a sign that the 71-year-old will either plead not guilty or enter a contested plea.

Farrand is alleged to have strangled the pet on the footpath after arriving home in Grand St, Pittsworth in January.

 

Court: Rodney Leonard Farrand leaves court after appearing to face an animal cruelty charge.
Court: Rodney Leonard Farrand leaves court after appearing to face an animal cruelty charge.

Police accuse him of holding the neighbour's dog on the ground with both hands around its throat before choking the animal to death in front of the elderly woman taking care of the dog.

The family who owned "Bear" previously told The Chronicle they were away on holiday when their beloved companion died, and planned to be at every one of Farrand's court dates until the matter was finalised.

The charges were first mentioned in the Pittsworth Magistrates Court before their transfer to Toowoomba.

Farrand was not required to appear during yesterday's brief mention of the matter.

Magistrate Kay Ryan adjourned the matter to be heard back in the same court on August 1 for hearing.