EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. — An East Brunswick pet store owner was charged with 267 counts of animal cruelty Monday for allegedly exposing animals to diseases and raising them in dangerous living conditions, New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said.
Vincent LoSacco, 50, owner of Just Pups on Route 18, is accused of not following proper infection control procedures and veterinary care. NJSPCA has been investigating LoSacco and the pet store for this case since Jan. 22.
Animals at the store were exposed to giarda, distemper, upper respiratory infections and other diseases, according to NJSPCA.
Sick animals were constantly mixed in with healthy ones, putting them and other humans at risk for infection. NJSPCA said LoSacco recently sold sick dogs to customers and some of them died under the new owners’ care.
Three dead dogs were also allegedly discovered in a freezer by the pet store. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is performing a necropsy to determine the cause of death.
Officials have shut down LoSacco’s store four times. He also owns four other stores throughout New Jersey, NYSPCA reported.
LoSacco can be fined $100,000 if he is convicted. He is scheduled back in court on Monday.