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April 10, 2013

Authorities Seize 63 Horses, 20 Found Dead In Oklahoma

Oklahoma authorities seized 63 horses and many other animals from the home of Carolyn Vaughn, of Wewoka, Okla., on April 6. More than 20 additional horses were found dead on the property.

In addition to the horses, 26 dogs, 13 cattle, four goats, three llamas, three rabbits, two pigs, two chinchillas, a bearded dragon lizard and an African gray parrot were taken from Vaughn. Seminole County Sheriff’s deputy David Hanson estimated the leased property at 1-2 acres.

Vaughn was arrested for animal cruelty and violating carcass laws on April 5, and a judge listed bond at $100,000. However, the bond was lowered on April 8 to $40,000 with a stipulation that she cannot have animals while out on bond.

“We are going to be monitoring that to make sure she doesn’t,” said Hanson. “It’s my opinion that she should never have animals again.”

The horses were taken to Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, where they are receiving rehabilitative care.

“We assisted Seminole County with the seizure of 63 horses and three llamas,” said Natalee and Shawn Cross of Blaze’s Tribute. “Sadly, one has passed away, but so far, the remaining 62 horses are doing good!”

They noted that several of the horses appear to be pregnant.

The dogs were taken to P.A.W.S., a dog and cat rescue in Ada, Okla.

“When we called [P.A.W.S.], and the same with Blaze’s Tribute, there was no hesitation from anybody. They were right in the middle of it,” Hanson said. “They need all the help they can get as far as donations.”

Vaughn was convicted of animal cruelty in early 2012 in relation to operating a puppy mill.