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."
barbara December 08, 2013 at 10:38 AM
Unbelievable - "I should have foreseen this.....it never would have happened". Seriously, do the time, you committed the crime against the defenseless dog. Moron.
who cares December 08, 2013 at 10:47 AM
So Red Bank gets $13,000 to cover their costs. The courts get a mere $1,000 and they get 6 mos ? What a joke. The courts should have gotten $50,000 to cover all their costs and fees. RBV ( which over charges anyway ) get their costs. No jail time only if they performed 1000 hours each of community service at a pet shelter then this would have made more sense. Jail time means they lose their jobs and then go on unemployment or food stamps to offset the loss of employment - idiot judge who tax the taxpayers to put these people in jail …
read bull December 08, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Av December 08, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Double her sentence, that white trash piece of sh*t!!!
proud December 08, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Make her serve her sentence in a kennel with no early release.
TruthnAll December 08, 2013 at 01:05 PM
I am with you 'WHO CARES' why was this even a news alert. WTH! And as you stated if they have no employment due to jail these nim wads will be the first to talk about them being on assistance or what ever. Judge out to make a name for himself along with the prosecutor. Sammy has it better than those folks living in the woods and homeless lets hear more about some damn news for a change!!!!!!
suz December 08, 2013 at 03:15 PM
I bet you Sammy was asking for a appeal on his sentence with her as well.
bob December 08, 2013 at 03:32 PM
She plead guilty, how do you appeal that?
barbara December 08, 2013 at 03:36 PM
So agree, Bob........seriously.....she needs to serve her time. agree with Proud, but she should do that after she serves her jail time. disgusting
Rosemary Oughton December 08, 2013 at 03:37 PM
do the time, you admitted to the crime, you losers
barbara December 08, 2013 at 03:39 PM
yep Rosemary, losers for sure! Just wondering how they gonna afford a lawyer for the appeal If they can't even take care of a dog? ugh..
Seriously? December 08, 2013 at 06:01 PM
They probably plead guilty under advice of their lawyer, who figured they would get probation and have to pay a fine. Surprise, surprise. Now she'll appeal saying that the sentence was too harsh because she was separated from her husband and wasn't living there to see the neglect of the dog, and if she knew about it she would have done something. It's called throwing her husband under the bus. She should stop wasting the court's time (and our taxes to defend the appeal) and just do the six months. She got off easy.
barbara December 08, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Yep, seriously, probably so.......throw the husband under the bus. what a low life. She knew what was going on. This is absurd. Lock her up and don't waste the court's time and taxpayers. Sure she had a public defender. What a jerk.
RCL67 December 08, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Put her into General Population in the jail.. Even prisoners have a " code "
Kitchen Craftsman December 08, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Give her the chair save the tax payers some money !!!!!
Tapuout December 08, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Blah blah who cares you morons care more about animals then the real criminal issues facing our society maybe you all will put your stupid Sammy shirts on again and protest in front of town hall meanwhile ocean county is having the worst drug epidemic I recent years unreal
bob December 09, 2013 at 11:31 AM
As long as the animals aren't doing the drugs were ok, need to save the drugs for the humans.
sickofcrooks December 09, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Tapuout, people CHOOSE to do drugs, and they also have the ability to speak for themselves. Animals do not choose to be neglected and abused nor can they speak for themselves.
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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