EAST HANOVER, NJ- Just Pups located on Route 10 in East Hanover was recently caught illegally importing their dogs from Texas without the required medical paperwork on each puppy.
On the night of January 2nd the East Hanover Police Department responded to a tip called into the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that Just Pups owner, Vincent LoSacco, was smuggling 100 puppies into his store. Sargent Frank Rizzo of the NJSPCA met East Hanover Police at the scene and reported that he had seen LoSacco taking the dogs into the building. While reports into the NJSPCA stated there were around 100 dogs being brought in by LoSacco, only about 34 were found at the scene.
Rizzo informed LoSacco that he was unable to bring the puppies into the store cages without the proper paperwork. LoSacco responded with claims that he was bringing the dogs that very night to his personal veterinarian for their medical clearance and returned the animals to his vehicle.
This is not the first time LoSacco has found his stores on the wrong side of the law. Back in 2016, LoSacco was accused of several violations of the Consumer Fraud Act, the Pet Protection Act, as well as Pet and Advertising Regulations when a reported 55 sick puppies were sold from his stores. In addition to the slew of consumer fraud violations, LoSacco was being charged by local and state authorities with over 400 counts of animal cruelty and neglect in his East Brunswick and Paramus stores. The charges include harrowing tales of negligence boarding on abuse, such as investigators finding 60 emaciated and ill puppies shivering and left alone in tiny cages stored in the back of a van earlier in April.
East Hanover’s Director of Health Officer, Carlo Dilizia, was brought in by responders to examine the scene. Dilizia reported 11 cages that required decontamination before any animals could be stored in them. He also went on to say that he wanted any cages that had carried one of the illegally transported animals decontaminated before any dog was allowed inside.