PARAMUS - The owner of several pet shops in New Jersey who is facing over 250 counts of animal cruelty is defending his action of leaving 67 puppies in a van overnight in Paramus.
Just Pups owner Vincent LoSacco showed members of the media a similar van that he says he uses to ship the animals. He is arguing against a Paramus police report that says that the temperature inside the van was 38 degrees when officers found the puppies.
“You have to open that sliding door and let all the cold air rush in and all the hot air rush out,” says LoSacco. “So [the officers] looked in, then they went [into the van], door open, then they took the temperature.”
The police report also stated that the puppies did not have adequate food and water inside the van. LoSacco says that there was enough food and water inside the van when the puppies arrived at the Paramus Just Pups location Sunday night.
LoSacco is facing 267 animal cruelty charges for the poor health conditions of the animals at his Just Pups East Brunswick store. He could face more charges in Paramus.