A RETIRED builders' merchant has been fined £2,000 for burying hundreds of greyhounds behind his home.

David Smith appeared at Durham Crown Court today after pleading guilty last month to a single charge of disposing of dead dogs without a permit on land behind his home in Northdene Terrace, Seaham, County Durham.

The prosecution was brought by the Environment Agency after police ruled that the 57year-old would not face criminal charges in relation to the destruction of the dogs.

The case attracted national interest last year, but only a handful of animal rights protesters were gathered outside the court this morning.