The case against a man accused of smuggling a pig dressed as a baby, with its snout taped shut, into the first Ashes Test in Brisbane has been dropped.

Animal cruelty charges have been dropped in the case of a pig smuggled into the Gabba sports ground during the last Ashes series.

David John Gunn was charged with animal cruelty after a domestic brown pig was found with its snout taped shut and dressed as a baby in the Gabba stands in Brisbane last November.

The case was set to go to trial on Thursday but a prosecutor for the Crown told the Brisbane Magistrates Court no evidence would be offered against Gunn.

The case was struck out.

Outside court, defence lawyer Kate Clark said her client had always maintained his innocence in the face of “significant public vilification”.

The pig named Ash was found dehydrated and stressed after being smuggled into the ground in a baby harness on day one of the first Ashes test.

Ash has since made a full recovery.