Animal shelters from around the Mid Columbia (as far away as Pendleton) were called upon to help process a portion of 50 dogs found on a Yakima Valley man's property.

Apparently the man began "collecting" the dogs to save them from being put to sleep at the pound. The dogs bred and soon got out of control.

Police say he gave them all names (except the most-recently born pups) and fed them.

Otherwise they ran wild on his property and authorities say their fur was matted with mud and feces.

Most of them are comfortable around people, so the shelters hope to wash, immunize, spay and neuter, then prepare the dogs for adoption.