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Paramus Mayor: 400 Summonses, Closure For Pet Shop With Dogs In Van

Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera
Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera Photo Credit: COURTESY: Richard LaBarbiera

PARAMUS, N.J. -- Paramus authorities have closed a pet store where police found 67 dogs crated in a van parked outside.

Daily Voice broke the news Monday of the harrowing discovery of 67 dogs packed into metal crates in the van behind Vincent LoSacco's Just Pups shop on Route 17 in Paramus.

The puppies were taken to Oradell Animal Hospital -- where it was determined that 15 needed further medical treatment, authorities said.

None of the rescues will be available for adoption until charges are resolved against LoSacco, who is being investigated by the Bergen County SPCA.

Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera also detailed some of the actions taken by municipal health officials:

• "The Borough has issued an order to close the store. If anyone can demonstrate that they purchased and completed a transaction prior to the order to close and was waiting to pick up a puppy, please contact the Borough to coordinate release.

• "The Borough is issuing almost 400 summonses.

• "Given the gravity of the treatment of these animals, we have urged that the Board of Health initiate hearings into the revocation of Just Pups business license, and report their findings/recommendations to the governing body."

Emerson Mayor Lou Lamatina on Tuesday announced violations issued to LoSacco's Kinderkamack Road store .

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