Her offence was to unwittingly sell a goldfish to a 14-year-old boy taking part in a trading standards 'sting'.If members of
At most, pet shop owner Joan Higgins, 66, expected a slap on the wrist for breaking new animal welfare laws which ban the sale of pets to under-16s.
Instead, the great-grandmother was taken to court, fined £1,000, placed under curfew - and ordered to wear an electronic tag for two months.
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.
Mark, 47, was also fined and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work in the community.
Narain also reported that the police also found a cockatiel with a bad eye and a broken leg which was ironically put down to stop its suffering. I wonder which metric they used to determine that the bird's future suffering outweighed its future pleasure?
Did those who designed the law stop to think that pet stores that attempt to sell damaged goods don't sell much?
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