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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Woman Arrested for Selling Goldfish to Child

66-year old Jane Higgins, a great-grandmother, and her 47-year old son, Mark, were arrested for selling a goldfish to a boy who was only 14. The Animal Welfare Act of 2006 states that pets cannot be sold to children under 16 unless accompanied by an adult, and the seller must inform the purchaser on how to care for the animal. Authorities were informed that the pet store run by the mother and son were selling to underage kids, so they sent the 14-year old in to make a purchase in a "sting" operation.

Jane Higgins expected a small fine or the like, but nearly fainted when she was told she faced a possible prison sentence! Higgins wound-up receiving a £1000 fine, being placed under curfew, and forced to wear an electronic tag for two months. The sentence is one usually given to violent offenders and cost taxpayers an estimated
£20,000! Her son was sentenced to 120 hours community service.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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