🔴 Officials say the animal hoarding suspects broke the terms of their pre-trial release

🔴 A judge denied the Ocean County prosecutor's request to return them to jail

🔴 A judge did add more conditions to their release

The women charged with hoarding 180 dogs and cats living in filth at their Brick Township home will remain free despite violating the terms of their pre-trial release.

Aimee Lonczak, 49, and Michele Nycz, 58, were released during their pre-trial hearing on the condition they have no contact with any of the animals and not return to the home on Arrowhead Park Drive without permission from a judge. Nycz was also ordered to have no contact with her 16-year-old daughter who lived at the home.

A judge on Jan. 10 denied Lonczak's request to lift the no-contact order and their joint request to have seven of the dogs they said were theirs returned.

Dogs removed from squalor inside Brick Township home
Dogs removed from squalor inside Brick Township home (Ocean County Health Department)

Fake request for the return of their dogs, officials say

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said Lonczak and Nycz showed up at the Ocean County Animal Shelter in the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township on Jan. 19 requesting the release of their dogs. They were accompanied by Lonczak’s 16-year-old daughter.

Ocean County Public Health Coordinator Dan Regenye said the women told shelter staff they had permission to take the dogs but had no documents to back up their request and were refused.

Billhimer asked a judge to revoke their pre-trial release and jail them until trial. The motions were denied Tuesday by a judge, according to Billhimer. He did not disclose a reason for denial.

An additional condition, however, was added that the women have no contact with animal shelters or pet stores.

Animals removed from a Brick Township home 12/3/22
Animals removed from a Brick Township home 12/3/22 (Photo courtesy Patch)

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com

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