NJ woman charged in drowning of puppy

A New Jersey woman has been indicted with two counts of animal cruelty as well as trespassing in the drowning death of a 10-week-old puppy, according to a report from Fox News.

Tonya Fea, 47, of Jefferson Township, was arrested on Tuesday and she faces up to 10 years in state prison if found guilty of both animal cruelty charges, plus a maximum of 30 days in county jail if convicted of defiant trespassing.

10-week-old puppy found dead in cage

The pup — nicknamed “Jenny” — was found last Tuesday submerged in a cage in Greenwood Pond on Bonter Road.

She was taken to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory, where a necropsy was conducted.

Found in the cage with Jenny was a wee-wee pad and a lead-crystal ice bucket that authorities believe was used to weigh down the cage.

A reward was offered by The Last Resort Animal Rescue that quickly ballooned to $12,000, thanks to contributions.

“The official autopsy report confirm[s] that drowning was the cause of death,” the rescue wrote on Facebook. “Jenny was ALIVE and was intentionally drowned by this monster.”

Fea was released pending a May 22 first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Paterson, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and West Milford Police Chief Timothy Storbeck said in a joint announcement, according to report from Daily Voice.