A New Jersey woman will serve time in jail after admitting under oath to drowning her 10-month-old pet puppy in a lake.
Tonya Fea, 49, of Jefferson Township, pleaded guilty Thursday to animal cruelty charges after drowning her golden retriever puppy in a West Milford pond in April of 2019.
As part of a plea deal, Passaic County prosecutors recommended that Fea serve 180 days in jail followed by 5 years of probation and 100 days of community service.
According to a Facebook post published by Last Resort Animal Rescue back in April 2019, the dog was found "ice cold, frozen and soaked inside a cage," being weighed down in the water by a heavy crystal vase.
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NorthJersey.com reported that Fea drowned the dog after allegedly panicking over the sick dog's expensive medical bills at the veterinary clinic.
Fea is scheduled to be sentenced on October 5th.