Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announces Tonya Fea, 49, from Boonton, was sentenced today for committing an act of animal cruelty.
According to Prosecutor Valdes, on April 30, 2019, members of the West Milford Police Department and the Jefferson Township Police Department began an animal cruelty investigation.
Prosecutor Valdes said that 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.
According to Prosecutor Valdes, upon receipt of the information, the officers responded to the scene where they recovered the remains. Based on the investigation, Ms. Fea was arrested on May 7, 2019.
Prosecutor Valdes stated that Ms. Fea pled guilty on August 12, before the Honorable Marilyn C. Clark, J.S.C. to one count of third-degree Animal Cruelty.
On October 5, Ms. Fea was sentenced to 5 years of probation with the condition that she serve 180 days in Passaic County Jail.
In addition, Ms. Fea will be required to perform 100 hours of community service and refrain from owning dogs in the future.