The living room where more than 20 dogs were found stacked in cages. Pic: RSPCA
Kilmany O'Connor, 57, was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment at Lancaster Magistrates' Court yesterday (Monday, November 4), suspended for two years after being convicted of animal neglect.
Environmental Health were called in after concerns were raised about the hygiene of the home in Morecambe. Pic: RSPCA Social Services were also called to the home due to the filthy and hazardous condition of the home. Pic: RSPCA Kilmany O'Connor's home was raided under the Animal Welfare Act (2006) on April 9 after concerns were raised about the welfare of her dogs. Pic: RSPCA Some of the dogs had been cooped up in cages with no space to move and without access to water. Pic: RSPCA The RSPCA led the criminal investigation into the neglect of the animals. Pic: RSPCA Dogs stacked in cages had no freedom to move or access water. Pic: RSPCA Caged dogs were found in nearly every room of the house in Morecambe, with some forced to sit hunched in their own faeces Pic: RSPCA The 57-year-old has been handed a life time ban on keeping any animal. Pic: RSPCA The RSPCA described the conditions inside the home as 'appalling'. Pic: RSPCA Some of the dogs were in extremely poor health, but all survived after being rescued during a raid on the home in April 2019. Pic: RSPCA "In the twelve years working for the RSPCA I have never seen such appalling conditions", said RSPCA Inspector Morris. Pic: RSPCA All the dogs have been treated by vets and placed into the care of the RSPCA. Pic: RSPCA Some of the dogs were unable to walk due to infected, open sores on their paws. Pic: RSPCA "In the twelve years working for the RSPCA I have never seen such mental suffering inflicted upon such defenceless animals", said an inspector. Pic: RSPCA The home was raided in April after reports from neighbours concerned for the dogs' welfare. Pic: RSPCA More than two dozen Spaniels were found inside the home, with many suffering from matted fur and open sores. Pic: RSPCA Mable, one of 54 dogs rescued from the home in Morecambe, is enjoying a second chance at life after being re-homed. Pic: RSPCA Mable at her new home following the rescue. Pic: RSPCA Mable and her new friend Badgercat. Pic: RSPCA