Horrified RSPCA staff were reduced to tears when they discovered dozens of neglected dogs left filthy in a kennel, with many covered in faeces.
Some of the dog’s fur was so matted that the disgusted charity workers said their breeds were unrecognisable and some had to have their fur shaved off.
The 30 neglected cross-breeds, which included Dachshunds, Yorkshire Terriers, Toy Poodles and German Shepherd types, were found in kennels outside a property near Skegness after the charity was informed of their condition last week.
The owner agreed to sign the animals over to the RSPCA and they were taken for immediate veterinary attention.
Many were so badly matted they had to have their fur shaved off and one dog was in such a bad state that staff at the charity were left in tears.
The matting had caused skin problems for some of the dogs and many also needed emergency dental work to enable them to eat properly.
Ella Carpenter, manager at RSPCA Radcliffe Animal Centre, said: “Clearly the dogs had been neglected for a significant amount of time and required their coats to be completely shaved and urgent dentals to be carried out. They were unrecognisable as to their breeds.
“One dog was in such a state she has pus leaking from her mouth. It was so upsetting to see it reduced rescue staff to tears.
“Thankfully, de-matting and removing the vast majority of their overgrown fur has already given the dogs a new lease of life.
“They are now able to move freely without experiencing the pain of those heavy matts, glued together with excrement, pulling and tearing at their skin.
“We will continue to regularly bathe them to help improve their skin condition and we will spend the coming weeks rehabilitating them and will give them lots of care and attention so when we are ready to re-home the dogs we can match them with a perfect future owner.”
All the dogs are in need of care and rehabilitation from the charity and when they are ready they will be rehomed.