Brick Township PD: Strong odor led to illegal puppy mill discovery inside home

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Reports of a strong odor coming from a Brick Township home led to the bust of an alleged puppy mill.

Police say there were 135 dogs and 45 cats inside the home on the 100 block of Arrowhead Park Drive. At least two dogs were found dead.

It took approximately 10 hours for rescuers in hazmat equipment to remove the animals. The animals were then transported to a number of shelters in the area.

Brick Township Police Chief James Riccio told News 12 New Jersey that officers were called to the home Friday at 7:30 p.m. with reports of a possible puppy mill that was being operated out of the house. Riccio said officers went to the house and met with the residents.

"They were permitted into the house and found an animal hoarding division, inhumane conditions,” said Riccio.

Two residents by the name of Aimee Lon-Zak and Michele Nize, who operated by the name "Crazy Rescue Ladies" were charged with animal cruelty and child endangerment.

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