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Scam Costs Puppies A Paw

Osaka, Japan - A 63-year-old Japanese man was arrested for operating a scam that literally cost puppies a paw and a leg. The man is alleged to have sawed off the right front leg of a three-month-old female Dalmatian in late November and the legs of more than ten other puppies since December 1999.

After the mutilation takes place, he is said to have begged for donations from the public in Osaka for the dogs treatment, using a sign reading: "Please donate money because my dog was hit by a car."

The man reportedly faces charges for violating the Law Concerning the Protection and Control of Animals and may be sentenced for one year in prison or a large monetary fine.