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Morris County woman charged after puppy was found dead in its cage in West Milford pond

WEST MILFORD, NJ (Passaic County) – A Morris County woman has been charged in connection with the alleged death of a golden retriever puppy that was found in a submerged cage in West Milford, according to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes

Tonya Fea, 47, of Jefferson Township was charged on Tuesday with two counts of third-degree animal cruelty and one count of defiant trespass.

On April 30, a female golden retriever puppy was found in a submerged cage in Greenwood Pond on Bonter Road in West Milford, Valdes said.

The puppy was subsequently taken to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory where a necropsy was performed. Based on the investigation, Fea was subsequently charged, Valdes said.

The sentencing exposure on each count of third degree animal cruelty is a maximum of 5 years in New Jersey state prison and on the one count of defiant trespass the maximum sentencing exposure is 30 days in the Passaic County Jail, Valdes said.

Fea was charged and released pending an appearance at central judicial processing court on May 22.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact them on their tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org or contact West Milford Detective Eric Darnsteadt at 973-728-2810.

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(Photo: Tonya Fea/Courtesy Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office)
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