The Lewis County prosecutors office filed 65 counts of second degree animal cruelty against Nancy Punches Friday, one for each dog seized from her home.
Animal rescue teams said the dogs were found in deplorable conditions, living alongside mounds of their own waste. They said they had no choice but to seize the 45 dogs and 20 puppies.
The 65 puppies came from four foxhound puppies that were rescued along with Punches when she was trapped in her house by the 2007 flood of the Chehalis River.
A new home was donated, and Punches said her breeding operation started all over again with those four puppies. But the sheriff said somewhere along the way, it became too much for her to handle.
The dog breeding went unchecked and grew to 65 dogs with the 78-year-old breeder unable to maintain clean living conditions for them.