Dog owners 'fleeced' in poodle scam

Lamb and PoodleThousands of people have been 'fleeced' into buying neatly coiffured lambs they thought were poodles.

Entire flocks of lambs were shipped over from the UK and Australia to Japan by an internet company and marketed as the latest 'must have' accessory.

But the scam was only spotted after a leading Japanese actress said her 'poodle' didn't bark and refused to eat dog food.

Maiko Kawakami, who starred in the Japanese thriller Violent Cop, showed photographs of her pet on a television talk show only to be told it wasn't a dog - but was in fact a lamb.

The discovery prompted hundreds of women to contact the police with similar problems and the authorities believe as many as 2,000 people have been conned.

The company, which translates as Poodles as Pets, sold the 'poodles' for £630 ($1,262), about half the cost of a normal poodle but is now understood to have been shut down.

Update: We have been informed by our readers that this is a hoax. For more information, please click here.

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Comments

Daniel said…
Take my word, it's a hoax. But a really good one.

D
Anonymous said…
Appears to be a hoax
http://www.snopes.com/critters/lurkers/poodlesheep.asp