Day: December 3, 2022

180 Animals Removed From Brick Township “Puppy Mill”

135 Dogs And 45 Cats were removed from the “puppy mill” in addition, there were two deceased dogs. Approximately eight animals were sent for emergency veterinary care.

December 3, 2022

BRICK TOWNSHIP, NJ (OCEAN)–Brick Township Police say that around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2022, Brick Police Humane Law Enforcement Officer Ptl. Scott Smith responded with Ptl. Brennan Lanni to a home on Arrowhead Park Drive in reference to an anonymous complaint that the residents there were running a puppy mill. The officers met with the two residents, Aimee Lonczak (49 years old) and Michele Nycz (58 years old), in the driveway where the four had a conversation about the nature of the complaint. While speaking with Lonczak and Nycz, officers could smell a strong odor coming from the residence and they could hear barking.

The officers were subsequently permitted to enter the residence and immediately noticed a strong odor and unsanitary conditions.  The officers observed stacks of animal crates on top of each other with dogs and cats in the crates. Because of the conditions, the officers were forced to exit and requested that a Hazmat team respond.

Initially, officers estimated that there were approximately 30 animals contained within the residence. Once emergency response teams were able to get into the home it became apparent that the number of animals was in excess of 100. 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.

The number of animals that needed to be rescued called for a large response from agencies throughout central New Jersey.

Rescuers in Hazmat equipment began removing animals which took approximately ten hours. The animals were then transported to a number of area shelters. There were 135 dogs and 45 cats removed from the residence. Veterinarian Steven Cudia V.M.D. responded to assess the animals as each was pulled from the home. In addition to the two deceased dogs, approximately eight animals were sent for emergency veterinary care.

Lonczak and Nycz, who were living inside the residence with Lonczak’s 16-year old child, were both arrested for animal cruelty and child endangerment. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed. The residence was subsequently condemned by the Brick building and code department.

Among the dozens of agencies and entities that responded to assist with the rescue, placement of the animals and support services are Berkeley Hazmat, Laurelton Fire Company, Pioneer Hose Fire Company, Point Pleasant Boro Fire Company, Brick Animal Control, Brick EMS, Brick Office of Emergency Management, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Brick Township Building Department, the Red Cross, NJ Animal Disaster Response, the Associated Humane Societies Animal Rescue, and several animal control and rescue agencies from several counties, including the Ocean County Animal Response Team, Anny, Jack and Lucy’s Animal Rescue, Tiny Paws Rescue, Art Cast Rescue, Animal Adoption Center, the Monmouth County SPCA, and the Popcorn Zoo.



3-Alarm House Fire In Toms River

December 3, 2022

TOMS RIVER, NJ (OCEAN)–Yesterday, around 5:10 a.m., November 2, 2022 Toms River Police Department received several 9-1-1 calls reporting of a possible structure fire with an unknown address. East Dover Station 28 and Silverton Station 29 were dispatched along with Stations 25 and 26 for the Rapid Intervention Team/RIT. The fire was quickly upgraded to a second alarm, and a short time later the third alarm was called for manpower. Crews battled the fire for around three hours. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and it’s reported that there were no injuries.

Companies Responded/Coverage: Silverton Volunteer Fire Company, Toms River Fire Company 2, Toms River Fire Department Company #1, Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Department, Ocean Beach Volunteer Fire Company, Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company, 1 Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention, Toms River Fire Prevention Inspectors IAFF Local 5303, Toms River Police Department, Toms River Police EMS IAFF Local 4846, Brick Township Police Emergency Medical Services, Pioneer Hose Company #1, Breton Woods Fire Company #1, Beachwood Volunteer Fire Department, Manitou Park Volunteer Fire Company, Manchester Volunteer Fire Department Station 32 Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company #1 Station 34 Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company Sta. 44

No additional details are available.

Photos and video by: Jersey Shore Fire Response