PARAMUS - The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating allegations of animal cruelty after dozens of puppies were found in cages inside a large van in Paramus Monday morning.
News 12 New Jersey was originally told that there were 50 puppies inside the van, but the prosecutor’s office now says there were actually 67 animals inside.
The van was found early Monday morning by Paramus police officers on patrol. It was parked in front of the Just Pups pet shop located along Route 17 in Paramus. Police said that it was 38 degrees inside the van when they found the dogs and not all of them had food or water.
The van is registered to Just Pups owner Vincent LoSacco.
LoSacco is facing 267 animal cruelty charges for the poor health conditions of the animals at his Just Pups East Brunswick store. It is possible he could face more charges in Paramus.
LoSacco told News 12 New Jersey that the van is used to transport the puppies. He said that the heat inside the van worked even when the van was turned off and the temperature must have dropped when the police officers opened the door.
The puppies rescued from the van were all taken to the Oradell Animal Hospital to be checked out. They are now being cared for by Tyco Animal Control.
The puppies will not be eligible for adoption until the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office completes its investigation.