CRIME
04/08/2013 11:15 am ET

Carolyn Vaughn Arrested Over Abused, Dead Horses On Wewoka, Oklahoma Property: Sheriff

A woman from Wewoka Okla., will be charged with animal cruelty after authorities say they discovered between 20 and 30 dead horses, and another 64 suffering from malnutrition, on her property.

Caroline Vaughn, 37, was arrested Friday, News 9 reported, after a neighbor tipped off authorities to the alleged animal hoarding. Four goats, 28 dogs, a chinchilla, a lizard and a parrot were also recovered on-site, according to the Associated Press.

Investigators say Vaughn claimed that she was running an animal rescue operation, KOKH-TV Fox 25 reported.

Seminole County Sheriff's deputy David Hanson told News 9 that it was the worst case of animal abuse authorities had ever seen.

"It brings tears to your eyes," he said.

On Saturday, volunteers from Blaze Tribute Equine Rescue documented the recovered animals and took them to the rescue, Fox 25 reported.

According to News On 6, Vaughn was convicted of animal cruelty in 2012 after abused dogs were seized from her property in what deputies called "a puppy mill."

She is currently being held on $100,000 bond.

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