She was also ordered to pay £500 in costs and a £115 victim surcharge, with all the dogs at her home being removed from her care. District Judge Timothy Spruce said: “Having listened to the prosecution and viewed the photographs of the animals in question it is clear to me that the level of suffering is at the high end.”Almost all of them were deprived of a clean, dry place to sleep, many of them were caked in their own faeces and that of other dogs.”A quite appalling environment, Mrs Greaves. This contributed to the undermined demeanour of the dogs.”Three dogs were so badly cared for they had to be put to sleep. This was a prolonged period of neglect.”It is an aggravating feature that you are an experienced keeper and you would have known what was required.”The court heard the conditions the animals were kept in were so bad a vet was reduced to tears when she was forced to put three of the dogs to sleep.Prosecutor Paul Wright said: “The vet said there was a stench which makes your throat burn as you walk in. Faeces was covering the floor and there were ten dogs in crates stacked one on top of the other.”Mr Wright added: “She (Greaves) is known as being very involved and a very experienced keeper of dogs and she won titles with the Mansfield Marnicks. A former Crufts winner has been banned from keeping dogs for life after more than 30 animals were found living in “disgraceful” conditions at her home.Margaret Greaves kept 30 dogs, two cats and two parrots in dark rooms and in cramped cages which were covered in faeces and urine.A court heard the stench was so bad from the property it “made your throat burn as you walked in”. Greaves, 64, kept the animals in squalid conditions at a farm house in Sutton in Ashfield, Notts. She won the flyball competition at Crufts in 2014 with her team the Mansfield Marnicks and was respected throughout the dog training community.But the RSPCA raided her farm house on April 6 this year after one of the dogs was spotted in a van at the property.On Tuesday Greaves admitted four counts of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and two counts of failing to meet the needs of an animal at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court.She was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months and was told she would be banned from keeping dogs or assisting in the keeping of dogs for life and banned from keeping other animals for three years. The court heard the stench was so bad from the property it “made your throat burn as you walked in”Credit:SWNS.com Margaret Greaves kept 30 dogs, two cats and two parrots in dark rooms and in cramped cagesCredit:SWNS.com “She won a title at Crufts, the dogs performed tricks and she had success at a national level. It is perhaps even more concerning as she is not a lady who is inadequate at keeping dogs.”Sean Smith, defending, said: “Before this incident she had sold off kennels and equipment as she was thinking of moving.”There was a time when she decided she could no longer cope and decided to downsize. She planned on having the animals put down that week.”After the case, the RSPCA said the dogs had been kept in “little prison cells”.Inspector Laura Kirkham said: “They were living in their own little prison cells – it was absolutely horrific and not something you expect to see in this day and age.”There was faeces and urine in the crates and, in some, there were two dogs in each.”The smell was disgusting – it was so overpowering that it was burning my throat.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.