Published on: February 20, 2013
Photography by: TNE

BRITNEY SPEARS has REALLY gone to the dogs -- LITERALLY!

In fact, pals say the onetime pop princess is so upset over her bust-up with fiance Jason Trawick and sputtering career that she’s been hoarding pets to fill the emotional void.

“Britney goes on pet shopping sprees when she feels like her life is spiraling out of control,” said a source. “The problem is that when she gets a new animal, she doesn’t do anything to take care of it and just passes the responsibility over to her house staff.”

In early February, Britney – mom of sons Sean and Jayden -- picked up the latest addition to her animal menagerie – a fluffy little ball of white fur she calls Lacy Loo. Her “new baby” joins Yorkies Hannah and London, Chihuahuas Bit Bit and Lucky, and a parakeet.

But, already, Lacy Loo needed an emergency run to the vet’s office on Feb. 18. “Britney hadn’t had the new puppy two weeks before it broke its leg roughhousing with the kids,” explained the source.

And now, the “Toxic” singer, 31,  has plans to acquire even more four-legged friends, a prospect that has left her staff “cringing,” according to the source.

Find out the latest on Britney’s animal obsession along with a special report about the luxury hotel accommodations offered to the pampered pooches that compete in the New York’s famed Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

You’ll find these fascinating stories and much MORE in the latest issue of The ENQUIRER – on newsstands now!