An English bulldog puppy. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
A well-fed, happy and healthy English bulldog puppy, not one of the sick puppy victims in the story. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Family joy turned to unsuspecting tearful tragedy when newly purchased puppies turned out to be so sick that they died, and the Seal Beach “Pawlosophy” woman who allegedly sold the sick puppies was out on bail Friday after her arrest.

The suspect allegedly set up a bogus dog rescue organization and sold sick puppies to unsuspecting families. She was in the Orange County Jail before being released on bail.

Megan Ann Hoechstetter was arrested Wednesday on allegations of selling an ailing puppy — that died a week later — to an Irvine family, according to Kim Mohr of the Irvine Police Department.

Hoechstetter had 19 puppies in her possession at the time of her arrest, Mohr said.

Hoechstetter, 42, allegedly established a “fake” rescue organization online to sell dogs she may have gotten from Mexico and that did not receive proper care, Mohr said. One of the business names she operated under was “Pawlosophy,” Mohr said.

When police went to arrest the suspect at a hotel in Cypress, they found numerous puppies that were taken to the city’s animal care center for “much needed care,” Mohr said.

The puppies are too sickly and young to be adopted at this time, she said.

—City News Service

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