A Northern Ireland organisation promoting the welfare of animals is to pay £2,500 (€2,940) to a Co Fermanagh dog breeder who took legal action against it.

Gerry Smyth from Rosslea brought the case against the Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals after it seized 46 of his dogs, and had them in its care from October 2006.

Mr Smyth alleged the USPCA had been negligent in the care of the seized dogs, most of which were given back to him.

The USPCA said the case had not involved criminal charges of animal cruelty, and said it had made the settlement without admitting liability.