- New Jersey, USA -
The Brick Township Police Department announced the arrest of 49-years-old AIMEE JANE LONCZAK and 58-years-old MICHELE NYCZ (both pictured), for animal cruelty and child endangerment.
In a news release police said that on the evening of Friday, December 2, 2022, Brick Police Humane Law Enforcement Officer Ptl. Scott Smith and Ptl. Brennan Lanni responded to a home on Arrowhead Park Drive about an anonymous complaint that the residents there were running a puppy mill.
Officers met with LONCZAK and NYCZ in the driveway and while on the scene, they “could smell a strong odor coming from the residence and they could hear barking,” stated the release.
Officers were then permitted to enter the residence and immediately noticed a strong odor, unsanitary conditions, and stacks of animal crates on top of each other with dogs and cats inside. Due to the conditions, officers were forced to exit the property and requested that a Hazmat team respond.
At first, officers estimated that approximately 30 animals were inside the residence, but once emergency response teams entered the property, they realized the number of animals was in excess of 100. According to the release, “The number of animals that needed to be rescued called for a large response from agencies throughout central New Jersey.”
It took rescuers in Hazmat equipment approximately ten hours to remove 135 dogs and 45 cats from the home. The VOICELESS VICTIMS were transported to a number of area shelters.
Police said the home was full of animal waste and the animals were living in horrible and inhumane conditions. “At least two animals removed were deceased - both were dogs.”
In addition to the two deceased dogs, approximately eight animals were sent for emergency veterinary care. Veterinarian Steven Cudia V.M.D. also responded to the scene to assess the furbabies as they were being pulled from the residence.
Authorities also found LONCZAK’s 16-year-old child to be living in the home.
According to police, the property was subsequently condemned by the Brick building and code department.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed.
NJ.com reports that “Public tax documents revealed that Lonczak is the president of Crazy Rescue Ladies, Inc., a tax-exempt nonprofit which represents itself as an animal rescue group. Nycz was listed as the nonprofit’s secretary on its 2018 tax documents. The group was originally registered in Cooper City, Florida, where Lonczak previously lived, but has listed the Arrowhead Park Drive residence as its headquarters since 2020.”
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