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Livingston Bans Sale of Pets from Certain Shops; Coalition of New Jersey Pet Shops Release Statement

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — In response to complaints from residents of Livingston and surrounding areas regarding their experiences with the recently closed “Just Pups” pet store on Route 10 in East Hanover, the Livingston Township Council adopted an ordinance on Monday banning the sale of certain dogs and cats from pet shops.

Just Pups East Hanover was the last-remaining location of the chain before it was permanently shut down last month. Just Pups owner, Vincent LoSacco, is currently under investigation on charges that include negligence bordering on abuse.

Livingston residents at the township council meeting on Monday commended the mayor and council for continuing to support and protect animals in the area.

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In addition, a coalition of New Jersey-based pet stores affiliated with the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council recently released the following statement t regarding the recent closure of another Just Pups store and the owner’s continued violation of the state and local laws protecting animal welfare:

“The allegations against Just Pups’ East Hanover location are extremely disturbing. These most recent allegations, first discovered by the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA), are in addition to last year’s investigation of the entire chain by Acting Attorney General Porrino and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.

“Owners like Vincent LoSacco and stores like Just Pups do not reflect the true pet retailer industry, which cares both for and about pets, and aims to provide pets loving homes. We applaud state and local officials for enforcing the law to weed out bad actors.

As upstanding members of our communities and the responsible pet industry, our goal has always been and will continue to be to provide our customers with the highest quality pets sourced only from the most reputable breeders.

New Jersey’s responsible pet stores sell animals that are healthy, in line with New Jersey’s top-in-the-nation pet welfare laws. Responsible New Jersey retailers and breeders value our customers and strive to create an excellent human-animal relationship by sourcing our pets only from high-quality breeders, which conform to state laws protecting animals.

“Our members are dedicated to ensuring that our customers are satisfied and that the animals who are under our care are healthy and safe.”

On behalf of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, council president and CEO Mike Bober thanked the Township of East Hanover, the NJSPCA, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs for “shining a light into Just Pups’ illegal and unethical business practices.”

“We’re grateful for these authorities’ continued efforts to enforce the most stringent animal protection laws in the country,” said Bober.

Joining in issuing this statement were:

Jon Dubreuil, Shake a Paw of Green Brook

Stephanie Earl, Furrylicious of White House Station

Gary Harger, Bark Avenue of Red Bank

Andy Kagan, Fashionable Pets of Paramus

Cindy Knowles, Furrylicious of White House Station

Jeff Morton, Shake a Paw of Union

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