In the wake of the on Hooper Avenue, Brick's mayor is proposing an ordinance that will prevent new puppy stores from opening their doors in the township.
"This is an issue whose time has come," Acropolis said. "We have to do something to stop these puppy stores and puppy mills. I have heard heartbreaking stories from many residents about their experiences with these stores."
Acropolis said he has directed Township Attorney Jean Cipriani to draft an ordinance that will place restrictions on puppy stores and kennels in the township. The proposed ordinance would prohibit the establishment of any new stores that sell dogs or cats or any breeder that sells more than 10 puppies in a calendar year.
The law would not apply to any establishment operating prior to January 1, 2012.
The ordinance also gives the township the power to suspend or revoke a pet shop, small breeder, shelter or pound’s license if the establishment fails to maintain proper hygiene and exercise "reasonable care in safeguarding the health of animals in its custody or care," according to a statement from the mayor's office.
The township would also revoke a business's license if it is determined they sold animals unfit for purchase.
Acropolis said he was "appalled" at the condition of Puppies Galore and how the animals were cared for.
The store's owner, Maria De Santis, with 38 counts of animal cruelty stemming from the case, and Nathan "Nat" Sladkin, the store's manager, has been charged with four counts of animal cruelty.
The township council on Tuesday night voted to to operate.