Former vet accused of hoarding dogs is charged with narcotics violations

Posted at: 04/02/2013 10:49 AM
Updated at: 04/02/2013 11:00 AM
By: KOB.com staff

Photo: Debra Clopton
Photo: Debra Clopton

A former veterinarian found with more than 40 dogs on her Santa Fe County property has been arrested and charged with three felony narcotics violations.

Debra Clopton has been arrested and charged with three felony counts . She has not been charged with animal cruelty in connection with pending animal hoarding allegations against her.

On Monday, KOB Eyewitness News 4 was there live as officers from the Santa Fe City and County Animal Services, along with Dona Ana County Animal Cruelty Task Force, executed a search warrant on Clopton's rural home.

Those officers now tell KOB that she had a total of 48 dogs, eight outside and 40 inside.

They say Clopton had narcotics used by vets, which, as a former veterinarian, she is no longer allowed to possess.

Clopton was a veterinarian in Rio Rancho until her license got taken away, in part because she was treating an animal when her license expired. 

Any decision about whether cruelty charges will be filed against her will only be made after a complete assessment of the dogs is done, officials say.

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