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Blackie’s back after theft from Elmwood Park pet shop

Photo Credit: Courtesy The Aquarium at Route 4
Photo Credit: Courtesy The Aquarium at Route 4
Photo Credit: Courtesy The Aquarium at Route 4

Blackie is back in New Jersey and this afternoon was at the vet’s office (photo).

“He is unfortunately extremely dehydrated and over a pound and a half underweight,” said Joe Aversa, owner of The Aquarium at Route 4. “We are hoping for a quick recovery for our little angel,” Aversa said.

Thomas Meshach, Carmen Fucci

Thomas Meshach, 24, was charged with theft and 21-year-old Carmen Fucci with conspiracy after Elmwood Park police tipped off their counterparts in Phillipsburg, where the couple lives.

Authorities said Fucci is seven months pregnant.

CLIFFVIEW PILOT broke the news locally earlier today: Stolen pet shop puppy found

“We sincerely thank everyone who helped us and shared and supported all of our posts … all of our Facebook friends, the authorities, the media,” he added.

COURTESY: The Aquarium at Route 4

Aversa gave an extra special thanks to Elmwood Park police “for their tireless efforts” in finding the 7½ weeks old English bulldog, as well as to the Phillipsburg police.

Blackie’s theft and the search for him became a Facebook phenomenon, with hundreds of people posting comments and sharing information.

With such exposure, many believed it was only a matter of time before someone who knew the couple would drop a dime.

TOP PHOTO: Courtesy The Aquarium at Route 4

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