Police bust alleged 'puppy mill,' find 180 animals living in 'horrible' conditions in New Jersey


BRICK, N.J. – Police arrested two residents during an investigation into an alleged illegal puppy mill operation at a residential home in the township of Brick, New Jersey, where at least 180animals have been found.

According to authorities, many of the animals found Saturday at the home were in very poor physical health and being kept in very inhumane conditions. Two dogs were found dead and eight animals were sent for emergency veterinary care.

Brick police spokesman Sgt. James Kelly said emergency crews removed animals from the home for more than 10 hours.

“The home was full of animal waste and the animals were living in horrible and inhumane conditions,” Kelly said.

Brick police, fire and EMS, along with Ocean County Sheriff's Department respond to an alleged illegal'puppy mill' operation at a residential home on Arrowhead Park Drive, Dec. 3, 2022.

Aimee Lonczak, 49 and Michele Nycz, 58, were living at the home along with Lonczak’s 16-year old child. Lonczak and Nycz were arrested for animal cruelty and child endangerment, Kelly said. More charges could be brought upon the two as the investigation continues, authorities said.

The residence was also condemned by the local building and code department.

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