Thursday, April 26, 2007

Dog owners 'fleeced' in poodle scam

I got this off of BoingBoing and I thought it would cheer your Friday.

David Pescovitz: Thousands of Japanese people have apparently been scammed into buying "poodles" that are actually sheep with fancy haircuts. The scam was uncovered after actress Maiko Kawakami showed a photo of her pet poodle on TV and commented that it "didn't bark and refused to eat dog food," according to a article. After being informed that the poodle was a sheep, police lines rang with other rubes telling the same story. From
'We launched an investigation after we were made aware that a company was selling sheep as poodles,' a police spokesman told The Sun. 'Sadly, we think there is more than one company operating in this way. 'The sheep are believed to have been imported from overseas - Britain and Australia.'