Up for adoption: NJ pet store’s puppies found in near-freezing van (PHOTOS)
The 67 puppies found in the back of the Just Pups store in Paramus are going up for adoption.
An application process was posted on the borough website on Thursday which requires the completion of an form to the Paramus Health Department. No one will be allowed to visit the puppies at the town complex. After the applications are reviewed those who are approved will receive an ID card to see the puppies by appointment.
There is also an adoption fee of $325 and a $200 neutering deposit according to the application.
Paramus mayor Richard LaBarbiera made the announcement about the adoption on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
Tyco Animal Control Services, which took possession of the puppies after they were discovered on April 4 behind the store on Route 17, took to Facebook to thank the public for its support and donations.
"Thanks to everyone for all your help and wishes and all the donations that sustained us through this long time. Without all the cleaners, paper towels, toys, and everything else that was donated we would not have been able to take such good care of these little guys," read Tyco's post.
There had been many posts on Tyco's page asking about adoption, but until now the pupies were considered part of a criminal investigation and could not be released, officials said.
Owner Vincent LoSacco closed his Paramus store after being charged with 400 counts of animal cruelty and code violations. The Bergen County Prosecutor's Animal Cruelty Task Force added another 134 counts against LoSacco and his brother, Leonard.
Just Pups East Brunswick location also closed after the NJ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals charged Vincent LoSacco with 267 counts of animal cruelty after several animals sold there were found to be sick, and the remains of three dead dogs were found in a freezer. His stores in East Hanover and Emerson remain open.