Dogs seized from Edgewood home of former vet

April 2, 2013 • State News

EDGEWOOD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities have removed dozens of [auth] dogs from the Edgewood home of former Rio Rancho vet Debra Clopton.

Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant Monday. They found nasty conditions that include dog feces everywhere and overpowering smell.

Authorities went to the property in response to reports of dogs killing each other and loud barking.

One dead dog was found, but the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office says most of the dogs are in good condition.

Sheriff’s Lt. William Pacheco says the dogs were taken to the Santa Fe County animal shelter.

Clopton’s veterinarian license was revoked in 2011.

An attempt to reach Clopton was comment was unsuccessful because there’s no telephone listing in her name. KOB-TV says she didn’t reply when asked why she has so many dogs.

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