Owner of neglected horses in Seminole County has previous animal cruelty conviction, court records show

A woman arrested Friday on an animal cruelty complaint in Seminole County was convicted of animal cruelty in Nowata County last year. Authorities found about two dozen dead horses and dozens of neglected horses and cattle Friday at Carolyn Vaughn's property near Wewoka.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Published: April 8, 2013

— A woman arrested on an animal cruelty complaint after authorities found about two dozen dead horses on her property has a previous felony animal cruelty conviction involving a puppy mill, according to court records.

Carolyn Vaughn, 37, was arrested Friday after Seminole County sheriff's deputies got a tip that there were dead horses at her property near Wewoka.

Seminole County Chief Deputy Chris Conn said deputies found a horrifying scene with 20 to 30 horse carcasses piled up and dozens more of malnourished and neglected horses. Authorities seized more than 130 animals from the property including 64 horses, 13 cows and 28 dogs.

The horses and llamas were taken to Blaze's Tribute Equine Rescue in Jones, where they are recovering.

Conn said Vaughn also had goats, pigs, rabbits, chinchillas and an African gray parrot. Vaughn, who could not be reached for comment Monday, told deputies she was running an animal rescue.

“Mostly the cattle and the horses were the ones in bad shape,” Conn said. “We seized all the animals because she has a prior animal cruelty conviction.”

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