SPCA shuts down another Just Pups shop

An embattled pet store owner faces new charges after the SPCA took custody of 73 dogs rescued from his Just Pups store on Route 10 in East Hanover.



The owner, Joseph LoSacco, is accused of failing to provide records and veterinary care for the dogs, and he faces summonses from the East Hanover Board of Health.



Nine of the rescues were taken to veterinarians for care, and animal activists have taken in 24.



LoSacco's other Just Pups stores, in Paramus, Emerson and East Brunswick, have also been shut down in the past 12 months. He is also under investigation by the state's attorney general.



Animal activists say they alerted authorities after receiving a tip that LoSacco was bringing puppies to the stores without proper documentation. He allegedly bought them at auction instead of from a licensed breeder, according to the Reformers Hotline.



"There were cops outside, staking the place 24 hours a day -- two cruisers in the front and one in the back. I assume they were waiting for the owner," says Greg Gopoyan, who works next door to the East Hanover location.



LoSacco declined to comment. He's due in court on Thursday.


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