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Former veterinarian sentenced, banned from having contact with animals

KOB Web Staff
December 19, 2017 07:06 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. – A former Edgewood veterinarian, found guilty of multiple counts of animal cruelty, will not be allowed to have contact with animals for the next 10 years.

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According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Debra Clopton was sentenced to four years in jail but received credit for the more than 400 days she has already been held while waiting for trial. That means Clopton will only spend about nine more months behind bars.

During the sentencing Monday, Clopton’s defense argued that her lapse in judgment was due to an undiagnosed thyroid problem.  Two doctors even testified that after the incident in 2013, Clopton was diagnosed with a condition that can cause delusions similar to those suffered by schizophrenics.

Clopton expressed remorse for what happened, but the judge was not convinced, at one time calling Clopton an ‘unaccountable woman.’

This was all sparked by an investigation back in 2013 after neighbors complained of continuous barking coming from Clopton’s Edgewood home. That led to animal control officers conducting a raid on the home where they discovered 48 dogs on the property, 40 of which were inside Clopton’s feces-filled home.

All of the dogs were seized, and three had to be euthanized due to the severity of their condition. Several more were later put down because they were suffering from a severe neurological disease.

The other dogs were taken to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society. Shelter officials say all of the other dogs were adopted out.

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