(KMOV)--A Missouri woman is surrendering 71 dogs to the Humane Society of Missouri.
On Monday the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued the dogs from a property in Saline County at the request of the producers of an Animal Planet's series.
During taping of Confessions: Animal Hoarding, this past week, the owner realized she could no longer properly care for the dogs and agreed to surrender them.
Twenty-five of the dogs, including a litter of puppies, were living in the owner's home. About 60 other dogs were living in rundown, open air pens on a separate near-by property.
Authorities say several of the dogs are very old and/or malnourished, and most appear to have fleas and possibly other internal and external parasites.
In a preliminary visit this weekend, a Humane Society of Missouri investigator found two of the dogs in need of immediate veterinary care, one of the dogs had been entangled in a fence, and the other had recent chest and leg injuries from a possible attack by other dogs.
The rescued dogs will be taken to the Humane Society of Missouri's Headquarters in St. Louis City for triage, rehabilitation and eventual adoption for as many of them as possible.
The breeds of the dogs include various hounds, Labrador Retriever, Dalmatian, Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, Cocker Spaniel, Doberman, and English Setter.
The story will air on Animal Planet's series Confessions: Animal Hoarding. The series explores stories of people who own more pets than they can care for. If you know someone who might be an animal hoarder, you can learn more at www.animalhoardingproject.com.