Judge rules former vet must pay fines or surrender dogs

Posted at: 04/15/2013 10:31 PM
Updated at: 04/15/2013 10:32 PM
By: KOB.com staff

Photo: Debra Clopton
Photo: Debra Clopton

A former veterinarian accused of hoarding dogs is now facing a heavy fee for every day the animal shelter must care for her pets.

48 dogs were seized from Debra Clopton’s Edgewood property on April 1. Three of the dogs were later put down. Clopton now faces animal abuse charges.

Monday, a judge ordered Clopton to pay $20 per dog, per day unless she agrees to surrender them so they can be adopted out.

That amounts to $900 per day, backdated to April 2, so she currently owes more than $12,000.

Clopton has 15 days to pay; charges will keep mounting until then. If she doesn't pay, the dogs will be turned over to Santa Fe county.