A dog breeder in Ottawa is facing four animal cruelty charges after four Pomeranian dogs were found dead in their cages in the breeder's basement.

The Ottawa Humane Society said the four white dogs — three females and a male — were found on Nov. 11.

A necropsy found the dogs had died of starvation a week before they were found, the humane society said in a media release issued Wednesday.

“To think, those dogs were sitting there, just waiting and waiting and waiting for someone to bring them food and water while they could hear people in the house upstairs. I couldn’t imagine what was going through their minds as they suffered and slowly died,” said Miriam Smith, a humane society inspector.

Another Pomeranian dog living upstairs was examined and found to be in good health.

A 51-year-old woman from the south end of Ottawa has been charged with four counts of failing to provide adequate food and water. She is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 15.