Dogs rescued from massive hoarding situation ready for adoption less than a month later

It began as one of the worst hoarding situations in Ocean County history — but a happy ending is just hours or days away for some of the 180 dogs and cats rescued on Dec. 2.

News 12 Staff

Jan 5, 2023, 1:26 PM

Updated 553 days ago

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Nearly 200 animals have been in the care of an animal shelter for almost a month after police raided a Brick Township hoarding situation. Now, some of those animals are going to be up for adoption.
It began as one of the worst hoarding situations in Ocean County history — but a happy ending is just hours or days away for some of the 180 dogs and cats rescued on Dec. 2.
An anonymous police tip due to a strong scent led officers to the Brick home on Arrowhead Park Drive, where they found cages on top of cages with animals living in deplorable conditions, police said.
Aimee Lonczak and Michele Nycz, who went by the name “Crazy Rescue Ladies,” were arrested and charged with animal cruelty and child endangerment.
It took approximately 10 hours for rescuers in hazmat equipment to remove the animals. Shelter officials said dogs have had to have several baths to wash away fecal matter that was even found in some pups’ gums.
People from around the state quickly stepped up following the rescue — donating thousands of items to shelters as workers cared for the animals.
Officials at the shelter showed extreme gratitude that this day has come so quickly, and for the community’s help.
“Not to be corny, but the public has been like ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ when the mailmen are bringing in the bags to save Santa,” said shelter Manager Mary Alano. 
More dogs will be made available based on how many are adopted at their two main Ocean County locations.
Several dogs are ready to go at the animal facilities in Jackson and Manahawkin. To make an appointment for a meet and greet to possibly bring a pet home, you can call 732-657-8086 to get in touch with the Jackson facility or 609-978-0127 to speak with the Manahawkin location.


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