Woman admits submerging puppy in pond, causing its death

A woman who drowned a 10-week-old puppy found submerged and in a weighted cage in a West Milford pond two years ago has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

News 12 Staff

Aug 13, 2021, 9:34 AM

Updated 982 days ago

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A woman who drowned a 10-week-old puppy found submerged and in a weighted cage in a West Milford pond two years ago has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.
Tonya Fea entered the plea Thursday. Passaic County prosecutors will recommend the 49-year-old Jefferson Township woman get a six-month county jail term and five years’ probation when she’s sentenced Oct. 5.
 She also will be barred from owning dogs.
Fea admitted submerging the female golden retriever puppy in April 2019 at Greenwood Pond in West Milford.
Authorities have said Fea initially claimed the puppy was dead before she submerged it, but eventually admitted it died due to her actions.
AP wire services helped contribute to this report.


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