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Southern California woman sold sick puppies through fake rescue group, prosecutors say

Southern California woman sold sick puppies through fake rescue group, prosecutors say

A Southern California woman has been accused of running a fake rescue organization and selling sick puppies to unsuspecting families.

Megan Ann Hoechstetter, 42, was charged Monday with 20 misdemeanor counts of keeping an animal without proper care and two misdemeanor counts of animal abuse by a caretaker, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office. She is scheduled to be arraigned April 28 in Newport Beach.

The Irvine Police Department launched an investigation into Hoechstetter’s fake organization, Pawlosophy, in January when they received a report from a family saying their puppy named Bailey died from parvovirus just eight days after they adopted the...

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