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

According to court records, Vaughn was convicted in 2012 of felony animal cruelty in Nowata County. Authorities were called in May 2010 by someone who tried to buy some dogs from Vaughn at a property in Nowata County and found they were in deplorable conditions.

A deputy who inspected the area where Vaughn kept 59 dogs found most were in wire pens, some of them with bloody paws from walking on the wire. Urine and feces was piled under the cages and had not been cleaned in some time. The dogs had water, but it was tinted green.

The deputy said in an affidavit that he became sick from the smell and the sight of the dogs' conditions.

Vaughn said another person she had hired to take care of the dogs had not done so. She was convicted in a jury trial in January 2012 and still owes more than $4,000 of the $16,000 she was ordered to pay in fines and restitution, according to court records.

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