Dogs are said to be man’s best friend, but Lynn Everett from Barnsley isn’t content to have just the one.
The dog-mad 57-year-old from Barnsley has 41 canines of different breeds and colours living in her modest semi-detached home, including 25 French Bulldogs, six Chinese Crested dogs and 10 Miniature English Bull Terriers.
The unusual collection has now caught the eye of Channel 5 producers, who are screening a one-hour documentary featuring and other dog obsessives which will air next month.
Ms Everett and her husband, Tony Morgan, live amongst their dogs in her three-bedroomed semi on a very normal-looking street in Barnsley. The dogs are free to roam the downstairs of the house and share the sofas with the couple.
According to producers, 41 is the maximum number the council will allow her to keep but if she could, she’d have many more.
They add: “It’s a stressful existence living amongst 41 dogs and Lynn and Tony have a very fiery relationship, especially when it comes to matters concerning the dogs.
“In this film, we learn all about their lifestyle and witness the effect it has on their relationship. We meet Lynn’s disabled dogs and she explains how she gives every dog a chance, no matter how much it costs her.
“We reveal that Lynn breeds some of her more prized pooches and that this helps fund the upkeep of her extra-large family.
“Lynn leaves the house just once a year, to go on a scouting mission to Crufts. Lynn began by breeding Bull Terriers but soon found that she couldn’t bear to part with them once born.
“She has sold some of her more prized puppies in the past but even though she has been breeding dogs since she was 18, she admits it’s becoming nearly impossible to let any new ones go.
“And now, as long as she sticks within the 41 she’s allowed, instead of selling, she’s buying too! Lynn has five chest freezers and spends £280 on tripe each month to feed her pets.
“She also buys copious amounts of fabric softener for the dogs’ blankets and there are beds set up for them in the front room.
“Not many people could cope with the set-up the couple have in the house but Lynn’s personality seems to suit it perfectly. The worst consequence of their lifestyle choice is the abuse they attract from outsiders who don’t believe the dogs can be healthy or happy in such an environment.
“This has resulted in substantial trolling over the Internet, on dog-based forums and social media. The pinnacle of the abuse came during Christmas 2014, when a brick was thrown through their window.”
The documentary will be screened on October 9 at 8pm on Channel 5.