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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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)