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Old 03-31-2010, 08:37 AM
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Great-grandmother is tagged for selling a goldfish | Mail Online
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Old 03-31-2010, 10:17 AM
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:20 PM
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"The punishment is normally handed out to violent thugs and repeat offenders.

The prosecution of Mrs Higgins and her son Mark is estimated to have cost taxpayers £20,000 and has left her with a criminal record."

oh my goshhh... !
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Old 04-06-2010, 06:30 AM
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That is ridiculous!
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Old 04-06-2010, 08:26 AM
Location: Mountains of middle TN
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Then again, she had a cockatiel with a broken leg and eye problems and hadn't taken it to a vet for treatment. It wound up having to be euthanized. I wonder if she'd not had the sick bird and neglected it's care if they'd have been so harsh on her?

A council officer in the shop at the time also noticed a cockatiel in a cage that appeared to be in a poor state of health. A vet found the bird had a broken leg and eye problems. It was later put down.

She had intended to take it to the vet but had been distracted and worried because her other son was in hospital.
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:16 AM
Location: I'm not lost, I'm exploring!
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The idea of prosecuting a little old lady is silly...

But after reading the link, and googling for several other links on the same subject, and reading the statements that her and her son (?) were voicing - I agree with the court. She's not sorry for breaking the law, she simply doesn't care enough to think she had to abide by it.

You can't force people that run petshops to be responsible and compassionate towards animals, but you can force them to obey the law. While the law expands and adjusts to protect the animals in question, it's only natural for others on the sidelines to speculate and/or discriminate.

I don't care that she can't go to bingo sessions with her 90 year old sister every tuesday now. Whether it was a harsher (albeit temporary) punishment being enforced for the crime she committed, it was a crime, nonetheless. And good for the courts to stick to their guns, as they launch into an entirely foreign and uncharted territory of speaking out for the rights of animals and their wellbeing. It has to start somewhere. We're seeing growing pains in the government. And in this instance, pain is an improvement!
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