- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County woman accused of selling sick puppies through a fake pet rescue organization has been charged with animal abuse.

The Orange County Register reports (https://bit.ly/2nGkUsl ) that the Orange County District Attorney’s office on Monday filed animal abuse charges against 42-year-old Megan Ann Hoechstetter. If convicted, she could face up to 12 years in county jail.

Prosecutors say Hoechstetter ran a dog adoption business and charged about $400 for an 8-week-old dog. She allegedly did not give the puppies veterinary care, though she knew they suffered from a number of infections. At least a dozen of the sold puppies died of illnesses.

The Irvine Police Department, which investigated the case, says nine puppies taken from Hoechstetter will be available for adoption on Wednesday.


Information from: The Orange County Register, https://www.ocregister.com

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