Shih Tzu Liam, pictured in Bill and Marie Lusher's home. *File photo
Shih Tzu Liam, pictured in Bill and Marie Lusher's home. *File photo

FRIDAY, JAN. 20: A woman who allegedly stole a puppy she had just sold on Christmas Eve and then resold it to another buyer was today charged with theft.

Caregiver Wendy Francis was also charged with a string of fraud charges relating to debit and bank cards she is alleged to have stolen from relatives of two elderly woman she looked after.

Magistrates’ Court heard that Francis, 39, of Warwick, is suffering from cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

Francis is accused of selling a Shih Tzu puppy to Marie Lusher, from Fairylands, Pembroke, then stealing it on Christmas Eve and selling it again.

The court heard that Francis asked to take photographs of the puppy after she sold it. The puppy disappeared that day.

It is alleged that a microchip confirmed the identity of the $2,000 pedigree pup and Francis was charged with the theft.

She is further charged with 25 counts of fraud and deception amounting to more than $1,340 involving a bank card belonging to Mary Winchell in November last year. The court heard that Francis was the caregiver of Ms Winchell’s mother-in-law.

Francis also faces charges of fraud relating to the alleged theft and use of a bank card in the name of Marcia Talbot, whose elderly mother Blossom was also a client. The offences are alleged to have been committed in May and June of last year.

Francis pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Magistrate Archie Warner released Francis on bail of $5,000 pending a further court appearance on January 27.