Brick Township women accused of hoarding 180 dogs and cats face judge

Aimee Lonczak and Michele Nycz were found with 180 animals inside their home. The dogs and cats have since been rescued and taken to shelters.

News 12 Staff

Jan 10, 2023, 5:46 PM

Updated 457 days ago

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Two women from Brick Township who are accused in an extreme case of animal hoarding were back in court on Tuesday.
Aimee Lonczak and Michele Nycz were found with 180 animals inside their home. The dogs and cats have since been rescued and taken to shelters.
The women say that seven of those dogs are their own personal pets, and they are asking for them not to be adopted out like the others.
Judge Linda Baxter ruled that the women would be allowed to go back into their home to retrieve their personal items and coordinate cleanup but would not be allowed to live there.
The animals were found inside the women’s Arrowhead Park Drive home. Kennels were stacked on top of one another. At least two dogs were found dead.
Baxter said she would take into consideration the request to get back the personal pets.
Volunteers who helped rescue the animals were inside the courtroom on Tuesday. They said that the women should not get custody of any animals ever again.
“She should never get another animal as long as she lives. We saw the house of horrors. We watched those dogs, we helped those dogs,” says volunteer Maria Grandi.
“The feces on them, it was like concrete, like cement. Some of the dogs, it took an hour of soaking in the soap just to use a flea comb. I’ve never seen anything like it,” says volunteer Amanda Wilkens.
Lonczak and Nycz were charged with animal cruelty and child endangerment because Lonczak’s teenage daughter was living in the home. Lonczak is not allowed to see her daughter without supervision.


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