Drowned Puppy Suspect Arrested and Charged


NEW JERSEY – A suspect has been arrested and charged in the case of the puppy found drowned last week at the bottom of a pond.

Suspect Tonya Fea

The puppy, a 10-week-old golden retriever, was found in its cage at the bottom of a West Milford pond. The woman who authorities claim killed the pup is 47-year-old Tonya Fea. She has been charged with animal cruelty and trespassing.

Fea claims the puppy was already dead when she threw it in the water, but an autopsy found that the dog, whose name was Jenny, died from drowning.

Jenny was a rescue, and according to the West Milford Animal Hospital, Fea and her husband were regular clients who even had an appointment to adopt another golden retriever puppy the day Jenny was found in the lake. Fea did not show up for the appointment.

She is scheduled to appear in court on May 22.

If you have any additional information about this case, you may contact the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-811-370-7276, tips@passaiccountynj.org or West Milford Detective Eric Darnsteadt at 973-728-2801.

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