An RSPCA inspector involved in a dog neglect case was so moved by the case that she "adopted" one as a pet.
Inspector Sam Morris told of the devastating scene that she found inside the Morecambe house - and how she felt moved to take one of the animals home,
Sam said: “There were three cages stacked on top of another, and each had a cockerpoo or cocker spaniel-type dog inside.
"The cages were filthy, and the dogs’ fur was badly matted with faeces."
The dogs were all taken into RSPCA care.
One of the dogs - Mindy - lost one of her front paws as a result of her neglect.
Another of the dogs - Fifi, who was tethered in the living room - now uses wheels to get around after having lost the use of her back legs.
Sam fell in love with one of the dogs, now called Mable (pictured before and after) and adopted her.
Sam said: “She was in one of the cages in the bedroom and was the only one who was laid down not moving when I walked through the house.
“I opened the cage and she immediately started wagging her tail.
"I got her out and she drank two bowls full of water.
“I wasn’t looking for another dog but we had a connection and I thought, she’s coming home with me.”
All dogs have been rehomed
Defendant Kilmany Jane O’Connor - known as Kim O’Connor - of Mardale Avenue, Morecambe, appeared before Lancaster Magistrates’ Court this week.
She had pleaded guilty to five offences under the Animal Welfare Act - four of causing unnecessary suffering to 36 of her 54 dogs, and one of failing to meet all 54 dogs’ needs.