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Fake animal activist was an illegal puppy peddler

An Austrian woman that claimed to be collecting money for dogs in Eastern Europe has been discovered selling puppies she claimed she wanted to rescue at a car park in Germany.

German police arrested the 55-year-old from Strem in Burgenland and revealed that she faces charges of animal cruelty, fraud and breaching animal transport rules.

An examination by vets found that the vaccination passes the animals possessed were faked and the dogs had been separated from their mother too soon.

The woman has been accused of going across the border into neighbouring Slovakia to collect puppies and then travelling to Germany to sell them.

In addition German police have also informed officers in Austria, who are looking into her activities after she claimed to be a registered charity worker dedicated to helping unwanted dogs to find a new home.

She told potential buyers that the animals were from Austria but in reality it turned out they came from Slovakia.

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