Calif. woman gets 4 months for sell­ing ill pup­pies

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News -

A Cal­i­for­nia woman has been sentenced to four months in jail for sell­ing pup­pies with viruses and par­a­sites through a fake res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Me­gan Ann Hoech­stet­ter was sentenced Fri­day in Orange County. She pleaded guilty in March to mis­de­meanor an­i­mal abuse charges.

Pros­e­cu­tors say the 43-year-old set up a fake an­i­mal res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tion and sold dogs that she knew had in­fec­tions.

They say fam­i­lies paid about $450 for the dogs and were never told they were ill.

Author­i­ties say about 30 dogs died or had to be eu­th­a­nized soon af­ter their adop­tions.

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