Approximately, 2000 Japanese people were scammed into buying a lamb. They thought that what they were getting was a poodle. Poodles are status symbols in Japan, and are extremely rare.
People didn't even realize their "dog" was a fake until an actress on a tv show complained that her poodle would not eat dog food or bark. She was informed publicly that she had a lamb. Embarrassing... Since then, many women have called in to the police about their fake dog.
This is pretty weird!
The sheep are believed to come from Britain and Australia...
UPDATE: I recently got wind that this news might be false... which is VERY likely. I can't imagine that so many people can possibly make a mistake like this.