Brick Township women accused of hoarding animals reject plea deal
Two Brick Township women accused of hoarding animals inside their home rejected a plea deal on Tuesday.
Aimee Lonczak and Michele Nycz are both charged with animal cruelty and child endangerment.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office was offering a deal that included 364 days in the county jail, probation and community service.
Judge Linda Baxter made it very clear that if the women turned the deal, a grand jury could vote to indict. If this were to happen, the next plea offer could be three to five years in prison. If the case goes to trial and a jury decides to convict, they could potentially face 10 years in prison.
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The case stems back to December 2022. Authorities say that 129 dogs and 43 cats were found inside the women’s home. This home has now been condemned. Some of the animals were found dead. Because Lonczak's teen daughter was also living in that home, both women were charged with child endangerment.
Neither of the women’s attorneys wished to comment about why their clients rejected the plea deal.