PARAMUS - A Paramus judge has denied Just Pups pet shop owner Vincent LoSacco’s request to reopen the store while an investigation is underway into a situation where 67 puppies were found inside his van.
Earlier this week the animals were found inside a van parked in front of the Just Pups Paramus location. Police officers who found the van say that the animals did not have enough food or water and that the temperature inside the van was 38 degrees.
LoSacco has denied all of the allegations and maintains that the van was in adequate condition for the dogs, saying "Our puppy van is equipped with travel cages that have drop trays to keep our puppies clean and dry at all times."
Paramus Mayor Rich LaBarbiera is leading the charge to make sure the Just Pups shop remains closed.
"What happened the other night and the treatment of those animals is just so offensive,” he says.
The group Pet Shop Watchdogs will protest outside the shop Saturday.
The animals are now at the Paramus Animal Shelter. The shelter is looking for donations of supplies to help care for the puppies.
The Department of Health will consider LoSacco’s license to keep his store on May 2.
LoSacco is also facing over 250 animal cruelty charges related to his Just Pups East Brunswick location.