SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) - A judge ruled Monday that the former veterinarian caught with dozens of dogs in her Edgewood home will have to pay Santa Fe animal services for their care.
Debra Clopton who was at Monday's hearing is charged with 48 counts of animal cruelty after
Since the dogs were removed from the deplorable conditions at her house, the Santa Fe shelter has spent $900 a day caring for them.
The judge ruled Clopton's responsible for paying that cost which is now nearly $14,000.
Her lawyer insists she did not mistreat the dogs:
"I can tell you about the criminal charges there's absolutely no basis in that," Clopton's attorney Scott Pistone said. "The defense looks forward to defending those charges because we can tell you right now there was no intent from someone who loves animals."
"It is important for county taxpayers and the county because this is a very expensive matter and I think the judge made a good ruling," State Attorney Rachel Brown said.
Clopton has 15 days to pay the fees.
If she does not, the dogs can be put up for adoption.
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