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Brick Woman Appeals Jail Term In 'Sammy' Animal-Cruelty Case; Community Reacts

The community reacts to Shauna Ewing Morgan filing an appeal to her six-month jail sentence in connection with Sammy, a cocker spaniel left in a trash bag earlier this year


Reports say at least one person who pleaded guilty to charges relating to leaving a cocker spaniel in a trash bag has appealed their sentence.

A Brick couple were each sentenced Monday to six months in jail, and were ordered to pay $1,000 fines.

From The Asbury Par Press: Brick woman appeals jail term in 'Sammy' cocker-spaniel animal-cruelty case...Shauna Ewing Morgan has filed an appeal to her six-month jail sentence in connection with the case of Sammy, a cocker spaniel left in a trash bag earlier this year, said Detective William Hyer of the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The pair, who received the maximum jail sentence for the animal abuse charges, must also pay a total of $13,000 in restitution to the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. Both were barred from ever owning a dog again.

Keith and Shauna Morgan, of Sawmill Road, appeared in Brick Municipal Court before Judge Robert LePore and expressed remorse, saying they wished they could change what happened.

The pair had claimed to find the dog on the side of a road in Wall Township, but now admit that the story was a lie.

In court, a visibly upset Shauna Morgan said: "I should have foreseen this. If I would have foreseen this, it never would have happened. He would have gotten help. This isn't what we wanted. We wanted to get him help."

"It was a bad time in my life," said Keith Morgan. "I shouldn't have lied...wanted to apologize to my wife, Shauna. She wasn't there at the time."

LePore noted that the description of Sammy, in medical records, says he was "emaciated and dehydrated...he literally was too weak to stand."

"This illustrates behavior by the defendants that was heinous and cruel," the judge said. "How easily this could have been prevented. The gravity of this was such that he couldn't stand...it took 25 days of treatment to get him well."

Steven Zabarsky, the municipal prosecutor, painted a picture of the defendants as a pair who hatched a plan together, and willingly drove out of their way to the Red Bank SPCA to "concoct their story."
bob December 09, 2013 at 06:23 PM
People who do drugs can't speak for themselves, the drugs do all the talking.
Tapuout December 09, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Oh stop sounding so ignorant guess what abused children can't speak for themselves batter spouses the elderly and mentally challenged can't either and there is a lot more if that then animal abuse how many of the morons who showed up at brick court with crocodile tears in their eyes their stupid signs and shirts protest the above mentioned crimes. And I don't particularly care about the drug offenders welfare I am referring to the crimes they commit to support their habit that effect our communities Bob does that spell it out for u
bob December 10, 2013 at 04:30 PM
All it spells out is that you live a sheltered life, and aren't acquainted with anyone with the illness of drug addiction.
barbara December 10, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Yep, Bob..........well stated.. not all addicted commit crimes to support their habits..sad.
Kim January 05, 2014 at 07:16 PM
throw the scumbags in jail! Only the lowest of low abuse animals! How can they appeal? They pled guilty.

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