Skeptical about the woman's explanation, police called Marion County Animal Services and the city Code Enforcement.
Code Enforcement officials said they saw urine dripping from underneath a side door, smelled a "strong odor" and heard many dogs barking.
The woman allowed a district service officer to enter the home, and he said he noticed trash all over the floors and a strong smell of ammonia.
The officer's investigation revealed that the woman ran a kennel for poodles, and the 55 dogs were brought to her house a few days before Hurricane Irma hit the state, the Star Banner reported.
Many of the dogs were crowded into crates. They had matted hair and appeared sick, the officer told the Star Banner.
Animal control officers removed and transported all the dogs to a center to be treated by a veterinarian.
Police said the a family member picked up the young boy after the Florida Department of Children and Families determined the home was unsafe for him.
Officials said they are still investigating, and so far no charges have been filed against the woman.