🔴 Brick police, firefighters and a hazmat crew helped remove 110 cats and 3 dogs
🔴 Health officials said they are in ‘good health’
🔴 Their owners voluntarily gave up the animals
BRICK — Police, firefighters and a hazmat crew removed more than 100 cats from a home Thursday at the request of the owners.
The owners of the home on Mantoloking and Stuyvesant Roads in Brick turned over 110 cats and three dogs to the municipality, but the situation is very different from the hoarding case in which 180 cats and dogs were found living in destitution in December, according to the Official Ocean County Health. Dan Regenye.
“From what we’ve seen so far, the animals appear to be in decent health,” Regenye told New Jersey 101.5. “The others were covered in feces and in very poor health. I have not had any direct observation of these animals. I understand they are in a very different form.”
video shown Hazmat team in protective gear removing cats from carriers Thursday night
Owners going out of town
Many of the cats removed Thursday were taken to Ocean County Animal Shelters in Jackson and Manahawkin. Regenye said their health will be evaluated and then they will eventually be put up for adoption.
“It is my understanding that you were looking to move out of your current residence. I’m not sure of the circumstances with that. And obviously, they couldn’t take that many animals and were looking to turn them in,” Regenye said.
180 dogs and cats removed from the Brick home in December
On December 3, 180 dogs and cats were removed from the home of Aimee Lonczak and Michele Nyczbe, who together ran what they called the Mad Ladies Sanctuary.
Removing the animals cost Brick police $27,000 in overtime, Chief David Forrester told the City Council in March. City attorney Kevin Starkey said the city is seeking restitution for the cost of Lonczak and Nycz’s overtime if they are convicted.
They were offered a plea deal that would have sentenced them to 364 days in the Ocean County Jail plus community service in exchange for guilty pleas to two counts of animal cruelty and child neglect. the asbury park press and News 12 New Jersey informed.
They both rejected the deal and they will run the risk of a grand jury deciding whether or not to indict them. If the case then goes to trial and a jury finds them guilty, they could receive a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
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