Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

3 Days of Protests at Just Pups

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

3 Days of Protests at Just Pups

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EMERSON -- Protesters picketed this holiday weekend outside the Just Pups shop on Kinderkamack Road, which remained open despite receiving summonses by borough police for operating without a license.

About eight people, led by animal-rights activist Robike Noll- Faries of Westwood, brought their signs and placards for a third day on Sunday to Vincent LoSacco's business. He is the owner of the controversial Just Pups chain, which made headlines in April when 67 puppies were found unattended inside a van behind his Paramus shop.

LoSacco's license for his store in Emerson expired last Thursday, and pickets came to his business not only on Sunday but on Friday and Saturday to complain about its remaining open. On Sunday, drivers who passed by beeped their horns in support of the protesters, whose signs included such messages as "No license, still open" and "Emerson just say 'no' to Just Pups."

Borough Mayor Louis Lamatina said that early in the coming week the municipality will weigh its legal options regarding LoSacco and Just Pups.

In late May, Borough Clerk Jane Dietsche sent LoSacco a letter requesting that he submit his application for the license renewal of his shop by June 6. Instead, the pet-shop owner didn't file his application and necessary documents until the day before his license's June 30 expiration, the mayor said.

The Borough Council will have to decide whether to renew LoSacco's license, and the governing body's next meeting isn't until July 12, Lamatina said. So even if the council decides to renew the license, it would not take that action for nearly two weeks.

"Public outcry can move the mayor and council not to renew a license," Noll-Faries said.

LoSacco said that since he filed his paperwork before June 30, ahead of the license expiration, it's the borough's fault that it hasn't issued him his license yet.

"We've done everything according to the law," said LoSacco, an Emerson resident. "For whatever reason, the borough has delayed the issuance of the license. ... Regardless of when the borough wanted things in or not, that's irrelevant to the law."

He added that his attorney advised him to keep his Kinderkamack Road store open. …

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