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A cage containing a d.eceased Golden Retriever puppy was pulled out of a pond in West Milford, New Jersey.
A volunteer with The Last Resort Rescue discovered the cage after it was taken out of the pond. The ten-month-old pup, who the rescue has named Jenny, was ice cold and soaked inside the crate with pee pads stuck to the side of her head with blood on them.
There was also a glass ice bucket with a handwritten price tag attached to it, which the rescue believes was used to weigh down the crate in the water.
According to the West Milford Police Department, a Morris County woman, 47-year-old Tonya Fea, of Jefferson Township, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty in connection with the d.eath of the puppy.
Fea was charged with two counts of animal cruelty and defiant trespass. She was charged via summons-complaint and was released pending the resolution of the case and is scheduled to appear at Central Judicial Processing Court on May 22.
Fea confessed to putting the dog in the water when questioned by detectives but said it was already d.ead. However, an autopsy showed the pup d.ied of asphyxiation from water.
An employee at West Milford Animal Hospital told detectives that Fea and her husband, who are longtime clients, made an appointment for a Golden Retriever puppy for the same day that the dog was found. She didn’t show up for the appointment, nor did she call to cancel.
Last Resort Rescue raised $12,000 for a reward for information leading to an arrest in the case, but it’s not yet clear whether the reward was claimed.