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Morris County woman who drowned golden retriever puppy gets 180 days in jail

WEST MILFORD TOWNSHIP, NJ (Passaic County) –  A Morris County woman who drowned her golden retriever puppy in a West Milford pond was sentenced on Tuesday, according to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes.

Tonya Fea, 49, from Boonton was sentenced to 5 years of probation with a condition that she serve 180 days in Passaic County Jail. She will be required to perform 100 hours of community service and refrain from owning dogs in the future, Valdes said.

On April 30, 2019, members of the West Milford Police Department and the Jefferson Township Police Department began an animal cruelty investigation. The officers received a call regarding a deceased Golden Retriever puppy in a crate along the bank of Greenwood Pond on Bonter Road in West Milford. Upon receipt of the information the officers responded to the scene where they recovered the remains, Valdes said.

Based on the investigation, Fea was arrested on May 7, 2019, Valdes said.

Fea pled guilty on August 12, 2021 before the Honorable Marilyn C. Clark, J.S.C. to one count of third-degree animal cruelty, Valdes said.

The State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Kerry Salkin. The defendant was represented by Richard Baldi, Esq.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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