Roy Paterson is alleged to have left the animal in a vehicle “with no means of escape” in direct sun light.
Prosecutors say that as a result the dog was “exposed to excessive temperatures”.
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The incident is said to have happened on July 23 in Argyle Street, St Andrews, when temperatures hit 25 degrees celsius in the Fife town – one of the highest recorded in the area in 2018.
Paterson (63) of Greenpark Drive, Polmont, denied a charge under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act on summary complaint at Dundee Sheriff Court.
Defence solicitor Kevin Hampton said: “Disclosure has been received and discussed with the accused.
“There are no special defences and we are ready for trial.”
Sheriff John Rafferty set a trial date in March.
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