More than 150 emaciated dogs found crammed into a tiny house have been rescued in a horrific case of animal hoarding.
The parasite-infested animal, totalling 164, were found in a 30 square-metre house in the city of Izumo, in western Japan, in mid-October after neighbours had complained.
The dogs lived crammed onto shelves and under tables and chairs.
"The entire floor was filled with dogs and all the floor space you could see was covered with faeces," Kunihisa Sagami, the head of animal rights group Dobutsukikin, said.
Public health officials first visited the house seven years ago after getting complaints from neighbours about the noise and bad smell but the owner refused to let officials investigate at that time.
The three people living in the house said they could not afford to spay and neuter the dogs, so they kept having more litters.
Mr Sagami said the family has agreed to give up the dogs and his group would look for foster homes for them after they got medical care.
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