VIDEO footage showing dogs and puppies living in cramped conditions was shown to magistrates during an animal cruelty case.

Lynn Stoker (62) of Raw House Farm, Byrness, appeared at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court in Bedlington on Monday, after denying 11 charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, four counts of failing to ensure an animal's welfare needs were met and one application for animals to be given to the RSPCA.

The RSPCA, which brought the prosecution against Stoker, had applied for 113 dogs and two cats to be handed over to its care.

On Monday, magistrates were shown a video taken by the RSPCA which showed dozens of animals living in cramped conditions in a conservatory and kennel block at Stoker's home.

The kennels had no drainage, no natural light and were wet with urine, it was claimed.

It is also alleged that Stoker caused unnecessary suffering to animals by failing to deal with health problems such as chronic dental disease, hip injuries, and eye problems, and that Stoker failed to provide the animals with enough water.

The court heard that Stoker was "a dog breeder who wasn't very good at selling dogs, and the amount of animals had accumulated over time".

The court was also told that Stoker had contacted the RSPCA to get help rehoming her animals to a manageable level so she could retire and travel.

Speaking in court, RSPCA inspector Heidi Cleaver described Stoker as "very personable" initially. However, their relationship was said to have deteriorated over time.

Eleven animals were taken into the RSPCA's care in 2017 when Stoker initially contacted the charity, before more were seized last May.

The trial continues, and is expected to end on Friday.