Merlin’s favorite pastime was shredding paper. Clara liked singing. Maccabee had an affinity for hunting rabbits.

Debra Clopton—a former veterinarian accused of animal cruelty after officers seized 48 dogs from her littered Edgewood home—recounted the age, breed and personality traits of several of the dogs in court Friday, hoping to convince jurors that animals seized during a 2013 raid were beloved pets and not victims of neglect or mistreatment.

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