A Gold Canyon woman was convicted of disorderly conduct Wednesday in connection with an Oct. 13 outburst prompted by the mauling of her cat and a dog fight.
Judge Agnes Felton of Apache Junction Justice Court withheld punishment for Karen Clayton, 45.
“I’m very disappointed,” said Clayton, who decided to fight the misdemeanor charge because the Pinal County Attorney’s Office did not offer a plea deal she found acceptable, and because she did not want a criminal record.
Clayton also said she fought the charge on a matter of principle, saying she was the true victim and the prosecutor should have considered her emotional state at the time of the incident.
Clayton’s outburst occurred when her pit bull got into a fight with a neighbor’s dog five days after it mauled her cat.
According to a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office report, Clayton was screaming, gesturing wildly and swearing after the dog fight, which she had said was an attack on her dog.
“She used every word you could think of and (was) threatening,” said Kenneth Colburn, who was the object of her outburst and owner of a German shepherd named Garr.
Garr was later found to be vicious by a judge and was put down.
“It’s not a vicious dog,” Colburn said. “If it was a vicious dog, I would not have had it around my children.”
Clayton complained that Garr was often at large, and Colburn admitted he didn’t control his dog in both incidents.
He said Clayton “absolutely” deserved to be charged. Clayton said she won’t appeal the conviction, but she plans to meet with a attorney to discuss filing a lawsuit.