Target: Seminole County Judge, Gary Snow
Goal: Send Oklahoma woman to prison for hoarding and neglecting nearly one hundred animals
Sheriff’s deputies in Seminole County have uncovered what they believe is the worst case of animal cruelty in Oklahoma’s history. Dozens of horse carcasses were removed from a private property along with nearly 100 malnourished dogs and horses. This was the property owner’s second offense and could have been avoided if adequate punishment would have been applied the first time. Repeat animal rights offenses must be stopped and abusers such as this made an example.
Carolyn Vaughn, the owner of the property, is a hoarder. Volunteers and deputies rescued 64 horses, 26 dogs, and many other animals from her home. Nearly 30 dead horses were also found. All of the live animals were neglected, malnourished, and near death. Vaughn simply kept them on the property out of sight, hoarding them as objects. Seminole County Sheriff’s deputy David Hanson made a statement saying, “It’s terrible. This is the worst I’ve seen.”
Fortunately, volunteers have done a wonderful job of rescuing these animals. They were given hay and water until they could consume no more and then carefully moved to a medical facility. Each animal will be carefully examined by a veterinarian and then be put up for adoption.
Vaughn is currently in jail and will be charged with violating animal cruelty and violating carcass laws. What is truly troubling about this case is that it could have been avoided. Vaughn had previously been arrested and charged with a felony for operating a puppy mill, but weak penalties kept her out of prison and also allowed her to possess animals again. More and more cases like this are appearing in the news every day and it has to stop. If someone is given the opportunity to abuse animals more than once, the blame falls on the shoulders of the legal and judicial system.
Please sign the petition below to demand that Vaughn be punished to the full extent of the law and is never allowed to possess an animal again.
Dear Judge Snow,
The Seminole County Sheriff’s department recently uncovered possibly the worst case of animal neglect and cruelty in Oklahoma’s history. Carolyn Vaughn was arrested for starving nearly 100 horses, dogs, and other animals. Dozens of horse carcasses were also found.
What is truly troubling about this is that Vaughn had previously been convicted of operating a puppy mill yet was allowed to possess animals again. This horrible event could have been avoided if proper measures had been taken the first time. This is a story that has become all too familiar in news headlines. Please make Oklahoma an example for the rest of the country and ensure that Vaughn will never have the opportunity to harm another animal again.
[Your Name Here]
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