Former veterinarian charged with animal cruelty

Posted at: 04/10/2013 7:57 AM
Updated at: 04/10/2013 12:19 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A former veterinarian is charged with animal cruelty for allegedly keeping 48 dogs in unsanitary conditions at her Edgewood home.

The 48 misdemeanor counts were filed Tuesday in state District Court in Santa Fe against 48-year-old Debra Clopton.

The dogs were seized April 1 by Santa County sheriff's deputies.

A search warrant says deputies found a dead dog that a neighbor said had been killed by other dogs on the property.

Clopton hasn't yet made a plea.

An attempt to reach her for comment was unsuccessful as there's no telephone listing in her name and an online docket doesn't say whether she has an attorney.

Meanwhile, Santa Fe County is seeking reimbursement by Clopton for the costs of caring for the seized dogs while the case against her is pending.

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