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Dozens of horses found dead in Seminole County

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Seminole, Okla. – The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office is dealing with one of the worst animal cruelty cases it has seen. Teams rescued dozens of malnourished animals from a home Saturday morning.

63 horses were found, and Sheriff’s Deputies say they found nearly 30 horses dead on the property. They also seized 30 cows and calves, 28 dogs, 3 llamas, four goats, two pigs and rabbits. Several organizations came together to rescue the survivors.

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue in Jones took in the horses, llamas and some other animals.

They have been eating since the rescue efforts began.

Deputies arrested Nichole Vaughn for animal cruelty and violating carcass laws.

“It’s clear this was a hoarding situation,” said Natalee Cross with Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue.

Investigators say this isn’t Vaughn’s first arrest. They say she was convicted of animal cruelty in 2012. Rescue teams say she ran a puppy mill at that time.

“Anger is the biggest emotion you feel now because it doesn’t have to be like this. Yes people struggle everyday to make ends meet, but it doesn’t have to be like this,” said Cross.

Cross says people can call for help before it gets to near death conditions for animals.

For the horses alone, it will cost rescuers $15,000 in the next two months to provide medical treatment and food. Then, they will need homes.

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