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Dozens of Puppies Found in Van Behind NJ Pet Store Are up for Adoption

Dozens of puppies found in a near-freezing van parked behind a New Jersey pet store are going up for adoption, a New Jersey mayor said.

The puppies were found in a van parked behind Just Pups in Paramus on April 4. The owner of the store and his brother have pleaded not guilty to dozens of animal cruelty charges.

On Wednesday, Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera began a Facebook post about the puppies with, “Great news!”

“The 67 puppies involved in the Just Pups case have finally been turned over for adoption,” he wrote.

Those interested in adopting one of the puppies should visit the Tyco Animal Control or Paramus websites, LaBarbiera wrote. He said information on the adoptions will be posted in the coming days.

Tyco has been taking care of the puppies since they were rescued, according to 

In his Facebook post, LaBarbiera said he’ll continue to push for a ban on puppy mills in New Jersey.

Pet store owner Vincent LoSacco, 50, and his brother Leonard LoSacco, 51, allegedly left the puppies in a near-freezing van on April 4 parked behind their store. Investigators said LoSacco drove the van to New Jersey from Missouri, where he had picked the pups up days before. 

The brothers have each been charged with 134 counts of animal cruelty.

Reached after those charges were filed, LoSacco said they were baseless and that an officer who issued him the summons has a personal vendetta against him. He later posted a video to Facebook saying he had been unfairly targeted.

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