Raven SantanaJul 24, 2017, 10:39 pm

'Just Pups' pet shop chain owner agrees to stop selling animals

Consumer fraud complaint filed against store owner forced Vincent LoSacco to give up his business

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey officials say a pet shop chain owner has agreed to permanently stop selling animals in the state and will pay $326,000 to settle claims it misled customers about the health of dozens of puppies it sold.

The agreement made public Monday resolves a consumer fraud complaint filed against the Just Pups pet stores and its owner, Vincent LoSacco. The chain has stores in East Brunswick, East Hanover, Emerson and Paramus.

Officials say the chain didn't reimburse consumers for animals that got sick or died and committed dozens of other consumer protection violations.

The state has said LoSacco advertised or otherwise represented that puppies were healthy and were up-to-date with vaccinations. But officials say the Emerson resident sold at least 55 puppies that were "sick or defective."

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