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West Milford NJ, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and West Milford Police Chief Timothy Storbeck announce that based upon an investigation by the West Milford Police Department, Tonya Fea a 47 year old Jefferson Township resident, was arrested on May 7, 2019 in relation to an animal cruelty incident that took place April 30, 2019. Tonya Fea is charged with two counts of Animal Cruelty, both Third Degree offenses and Defiant Trespass, Petty Disorderly Persons Offense.

On April 30, 2019, a female golden retriever puppy was found in a submerged cage in Greenwood Pond on Bonter Road. 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 Tonya Fea was subsequently charged.

The sentencing exposure on each count of Third Degree Animal Cruelty is a maximum of 5 years in New Jersey State Prison and on Petty Disorderly Persons Offense of Defiant Trespass the maximum exposure is 30 days in the County Jail.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Ms. Fea is scheduled to appear at Central Judicial Processing on May 22, 2019.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or or contact West Milford Detective Eric Darnsteadt at 973-728-2801.

For media inquiries, contact Chief Assistant Prosecutor Andrew C. Palestini of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office at or at (973) 881-4325.

No other details in this case will be posted on this matter. This case needs to be tried in a court of law and not on social media.

(Photo: Tonya Fea)


  1. I’m glad she got caught.
    I’m sure the other inmates will treat her accordingly.

  2. Awful, she was smiling for her mug shot 🙁

  3. Not her mug shot that’s a photo of her drivers license but still she’s a pile of shit

  4. That’s not her mugshot it’s her drivers license picture but she’s still a pos in my mind

  5. Yeah… this is horrible.
    Only babies in the womb should be killed, not poor defenseless puppies !!

  6. She deserves a ride in ted kennedys Oldsmobile

  7. I pray she gets the maximum penalties on each count. And 10 years of prison is too lenient for the pain and suffering she put that beautiful little loving puppy through. She should go through the same exact suffering. She is a cold blooded murderer.

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