MIDLAND PARK, N.J. -- None of the dozens of dogs rescued from a van parked behind a Paramus pet store will be available for adoption until charges are resolved against the owner, authorities said Tuesday.
"At this point, it's on ongoing investigation and prosecution," said Carol Tyler, northern region director of Tyco Animal Control Services, which is sheltering the rescues.
"We do not own these dogs -- the original owner still does -- so they cannot be put up for adoption yet," Tyler said.
"If and when they become available, we will let people know," she said, adding that Daily Voice will be one of the first media outlets contacted.
Daily Voice broke the news Monday of the harrowing discovery of 67 dogs packed into metal crates in the van behind Vincent LoSacco's Just Pups shop on Route 17 in Paramus.
The puppies were taken to Oradell Animal Hospital -- where it was determined that four needed further medical treatment, authorities said. Tyco put some in shelters and temporary foster situations and held onto the rest.
Paramus authorities closed the shop and issued 400 summonses to LoSacco. Mayor Richard LaBarbiera said he'll urge the borough Board of Health to hold hearings aimed at revoking the store's license.
Emerson Mayor Lou Lamatina on Tuesday announced violations issued to LoSacco's Kinderkamack Road store .
Tyler said she arrived for work Tuesday to 180 voicemail messages from people looking to adopt the dogs. OAH had more than 200, she said.
"That's not counting the calls the towns got," she said.
"Until the dogs are up for adoption, we cannot get people's hopes up," Tyler said. "And we can't possibly call each and every person back.
"We're doing the best we can, but our first priority is taking care of the dogs."
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