A man accused of feeding live kittens to his pet dog is expected to appear in Gisborne District Court next week.

He faces five charges of wilful ill-treatment of an animal after allegedly feeding five kittens to his red nose pit-bull terrier. He is also accused of recording a video of the incident on his phone.

The man was charged after the national office of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals became involved after a report of the incident late last year.

He is expected to appear and enter a plea on Monday.