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British Grandmother Fined And Put Under Curfew For Selling Goldfish To Minor

Posted by on May 18th, 2010 1 Comment »

A 66-year-old grandmother and pet shop owner from Britain is being penalized by law enforcement for selling a goldfish to a 14-year-old boy, violating Britain’s animal protection laws.

After a teenager to whom she sold a gerbil previously dropped the animal in a cup of coffee, British investigators set up a ‘sting’ operation targeting Joan Higgins to catch her in the act. A 14-year-old boy was sent to the shop to buy the fish, and the woman completed the sale without asking the teenager his age or how he planned to care for the fish.

After pleading guilty to selling an animal to a person under the age of 16, Higgins was ordered to follow a curfew of 6pm to 7am, pay a fine of £1000 ($1640 USD), and was tagged with a tracking bracelet to monitor her whereabouts and enforce the curfew.

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