Authorities Find Dozens of Dead Horses, Arrest Woman for Animal Cruelty

Authorities in Seminole County arrest a woman in an animal abuse case. Investigators say they found 20 to 30 horse carcasses on her farm, along with 64 other horses in poor medical condition. Rescuers also seized pigs, dogs, goats and other exotic animal from the farm on Saturday.

Carolyn Vaughn, 37, was booked into the Seminole County jail on complaints of animal cruelty and not disposing of animal carcasses correctly. Deputies say she told them she was operating an animal rescue.

"This is definitely the worst case, in talking to a lot of different law enforcement officers, its the worst case they've ever seen," said Seminole County Sheriff's Deputy David Hanson. "Some of these horses are walking skeletons."

Volunteers from the Blaze's Tribute Equine Rescue, out of Jones, documented each animal Saturday and took them to the rescue.

"There's a long road to recovery for them, medically speaking," said Natalee Cross, the president of the rescue. "We'll take them back to our facility where we'll get out veterinarian to get everybody evaluated and we'll start putting them into foster homes."

Cross said the rescue will have an overload of horses in the program after this rescue. The organization is taking donations to help them rehabilitate the animals. The sheriff's office says veterinary bills alone, will cost up to $10,000.

Hanson said Vaughn was convicted of animal cruelty in the past, in a puppy mill case out of Nowata County.