A man has appeared in court accused of choking a dog and leaving his own father badly injured at a caravan park in Ayr.

James Littlejohn denies causing the pet unnecessary suffering at Crofthead Caravan Park on McNairston Road last year.

The 31-year-old is alleged to have seized the dog by the throat, compressed the animal’s throat and then thrown it, causing the dog to strike a cage. 

It's claimed he shouted and swore at his mother and father while making threats, throwing items around the property and brandishing a brick and screwdriver.

He faces an allegation of assaulting his own mother - repeatedly headbutting her, pushing her, spit on her head, to her injury 

It's also alleged that he repeatedly pushed his father on the body and repeatedly punched him on the head, all to his severe injury.

He faces a further charge of urinating “in such circumstances as to cause annoyance to another person”, while within a police vehicle on a journey to Kilmarnock police office. 

During a brief hearing at Ayr Sheriff Court, Mr Littlejohn’s solicitor, Neil McPherson, said his client was pleading not guilty to all the charges.

Bail was continued and Littlejohn, of Morris Crescent, Hurlford, will return to court to face the allegations at a later date.