BRICK TOWNSHIP, NJ (WPVI) — After 180 animals were found in unsanitary conditions at a New Jersey home over the weekend, officials are calling this one of the worst animal herding cases on record.
The story has since touched so many hearts that donations have poured in.
Two women have been arrested after allegedly running an illegal puppy mill on Arrowhead Park Drive in Brick. An anonymous tip led investigators to the house.
The ranch single-family home was a nightmare for dozens of workers who had to clean it out over the weekend.
The crews were called and had to wear protective gear to enter the house where the animals were kept in the cages.
135 dogs and 45 cats were found living in the dirt with faeces piled high.
Two dogs were found dead and some required veterinary care.
A few more animals were taken to animal shelters in Ocean County.
Aimee Loncesk, 49, and Michele Nycz, 58, face a series of charges of animal cruelty and child endangerment because a 16-year-old lived in the home.
“We have never seen so many numbers, we were all blown away that so many animals were coming into our facility, we have had a large number of cat hoarders in the past but nothing like this, we were all very surprised to hear how many animals were in that home,” said Brian Lappai of the Ocean County Department of Health.
The animals are not yet available for adoption as they are part of a criminal case.
Meanwhile, authorities are encouraging donations of dog and cat litter and toys for the animals, who are finally getting the care they deserve.
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