STANISLAUS COUNTY (CBS13) – A suspected puppy mill was discovered by chance while deputies were investigating a domestic violence case in Stanislaus County.
The discovery was made Thursday in south Modesto. According to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, deputies served a search warrant at a 500 block of the Roselawn Avenue property in connection with a reported domestic violence call.
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Deputies say one victim reported being abused and tortured by the suspect. While the woman walked away from the suspect late last month, deputies did not move him until Thursday, fearing he may be armed.
On Thursday, after suspect Nicholas Dean Baugh was arrested at his mother’s home in east Modesto, deputies showed up at his south Modesto property.
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There, deputies say they discovered around 150 French bulldogs, Dobermans and other types of dogs. At one point, deputies said a fire had also broken out at the property. Firefighters extinguished the flames, but not before a dog died of smoke inhalation.
None of the dogs are currently up for adoption, but Stanislaus Animal Services is asking for help to make the puppies more comfortable at the shelter. Officials say they need 300 towels or thin blankets for bedding.
The shelter is also looking for chew toys, but not rawhide or edible.
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Items can be dropped off at the Animal Services building at 3647 Cornucopia Way in Modesto.