PARAMUS - The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has announced that the owner of Just Pups will face animal cruelty charges for leaving 67 puppies inside a van outside his pet store in Paramus.
Owner Vincent LoSacco and his brother Leonard LoSacco are facing 134 counts of animal cruelty after they left the dogs inside a van overnight earlier this month.
According to officials, two Paramus police officers were on patrol when they came across the van and heard crying and whining sounds coming from inside. The officers also reportedly smelled a strong, foul odor. When they opened the van, they found dozens of puppies in cages. Some were reportedly covered with feces. Officers reported that there did not seem to be enough food or water inside the van and that the temperature inside the van was about 38 degrees.
Authorities say that Leonard LoSacco drove the van from Missouri, where he had picked up the puppies. He reportedly arrived in Paramus on the afternoon of April 3 and parked the van in the Just Pups back parking lot. Officials say that the LoSacco brothers were going to unload the van the next day.
The puppies were taken to the Oradell Animal Hospital for treatment. The Paramus Just Pups location was shut down.
Vincent LoSacco is also facing over 200 other animal cruelty charges in connection to the Just Pups location in East Brunswick. That location was also shut down by officials.