By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Three dogs who were neglected so badly that they could not see or walk have all been re-homed with loving families in time for Christmas.
The three shih-tzus had to be rescued from squalid conditions which left their coats so overgrown and matted with food and faeces that they could not see properly and had to drag their back legs when they tried to move around.
Lacy, Molly and Angus, who are now healthy, have each gone to new homes after it was estimated that they had been neglected for at least six months.
Diane Dixon works at Frankham Fell Farm boarding kennels in Fourstones, Northumberland, where the three shih-tzus were housed after they were rescued by the RSPCA.
Despite having no intention of getting a dog, after getting to know Lacy, who is believed to be four-years-old, Diane decided she just had to give her a new home.
Diane, 56, from Newborough, Northumberland, said: 'I lost my German Shepherd last year and didn't think I was ready to replace him but when I met Lacy, I realised there was a big hole in my life.
'All three of them have been shaved after their fur was so drastically matted and they were very nervous.
'But it didn't take long [for them] to trust people again and we gave them lots of love and care. 'They hadn't seen anything for years and they had to get used to going for a walk.
'Lacy is brilliant. I take her to work with me every day now and she just runs around the place, she's such a happy dog now and she's getting much more used to people.
'Her hair has grown back to a normal length now and she is so beautiful. Her temperament is just lovely, you would understand her being aggressive now and again, but I've never seen a side to her at all.'
Lacy, Molly and Angus were saved after neighbours complained about an 'incredible odour' outside the property.
RSPCA officers found the animals living in 'quite disgusting' conditions, which left one inspector 'gagging' because of the stench.
A specialist dog groomer removed huge amounts of matted fur from the shih-tzus, who struggled to walk due to the weight of their overgrown coats.
The groomer said the dogs' coats were in the worst condition of any he had ever seen.
Molly, believed to be around five years old, was adopted by Kay and David Cooke from Hexham, Northumberland.
The couple were looking for another dog as company for their border terrier, Oscar.
Kay, 49, said: 'We saw an advert for Molly and I fell in love with her straight away. She was adorable.
'We wanted a friend for Oscar and so decided to meet Molly to see if the pair of them would get on.