PARAMUS, N.J. — A Route 17 Paramus pet store where 63 puppies were found crated in a van overnight has shut down and moved into its Emerson location.
Signs were removed from Just Pups on Thursday, but owner Vinny LoSacco told Daily Voice that was still deciding whether or not he wanted to remain open in Paramus.
However, the Just Pups website on Friday confirmed that LoSacco will be closing shop on Route 17.
“Obviously we’re not very welcome in Paramus right now,” LoSacco said. “We sold a lot of dogs there and have so many satisfied customers.
“Maybe the mayor got 1,000 calls from voters telling him to get the store out and that’s why he came down so hard.”
After citing the store for 400 violations earlier this month , the borough Board of Health scheduled a May 2 vote on whether to recommend that LoSacco's Paramus business license be revoked. The mayor and council could pull the license the following night.
Bergen County authorities on Wednesday filed 134 animal cruelty charges charges each against LoSacco and his brother, Leonard . They were given a May 10 arraignment date in Central Municipal Court in Hackensack.
“They got me,” LoSacco said. “What can I do?”