Judge gives lawyers for 'Just Pups' owner Vincent LoSacco more time for discovery

Melanie Anzidei, Staff Writer

The Record

September 7, 2016

Defense attorneys and prosecutors met Wednesday for a two-minute “scheduling conference” in Paramus municipal court, where Judge Joseph L. Mecca Jr. decided that the two sides will meet again for a status conference on Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m.

LoSacco, who is represented by Anthony Arturi of the Rochelle Park-based law firm Arturi D’Argenio Guaglardi & Meliti LLP, faces more than 400 summonses issued by the Paramus Board of Health for health-related violations at his now-closed pet store. LoSacco was not in court on Wednesday.

The charges came in the aftermath of the discovery of 67 puppies inside a customized van behind LoSacco’s Paramus pet store in April. The 403 summonses were originally scheduled to be addressed in court in May, however, the hearing was quickly adjourned after LoSacco pleaded not guilty to the charges and the hearing was postponed.