A Christchurch man has appeared in court this afternoon accused of stabbing a dog to death yesterday.

Neil Harrison, 54, has been charged with wilfully ill-treating a dog by stabbing it "with a knife to the neck and causing it to die".

The pipefitter from the Spreydon suburb is also charged with intending to frighten a woman by threatening to damage a dog.

Harrison faces further charges of threatening to kill, possession of meth and cannabis pipes, and possession of cannabis.

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He was arrested overnight and appeared at Christchurch District Court this afternoon via audiovisual link from custody.

Defence council Abbie Hollingworth made a bail application which was opposed by police.

Judge Simon Menzies declined bail and remanded Harrison in custody without plea to July 30.