Sammy, a 15-year-old cocker spaniel left in a trash bag in Wall several months ago, formally has been adopted into his permanent home, according to Martin Mondoker, an administrator on the Sammy the cocker spaniel Facebook page.
The official owner sent a message to Mondoker and fellow administrator Amy Tiernan Ulness to put up on the Facebook page.
The message, written as if coming from the dog, read “Dear Friends, I want to share with you the good news of my formal adoption by my forever family, the same family I’ve been with since leaving Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. I am very happy, secure knowing that I am very much loved by all in my family, especially my brothers and safe from any harm.”
The owner wishes to remain anonymous so the owner and Sammy can live a normal life, Mondoker said.
“We enjoy our privacy but are very much aware that you would enjoy visiting me and kissing me. But for my safety, it is best that we visit online,” the message said.
Keith Morgan, 56, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Brick Township Municipal Court to a count of animal cruelty and a count of filing a false police report, while his wife, Shauna, 43, pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty.
The charges carry fines, a maximum of six months in jail and up to three years of probation. No sentencing date has been announced. Municipal Court Judge Robert LePore asked for the pre-sentencing report to be completed before the couple is sentenced, possibly as early as next month.
Sammy’s case had attracted widespread attention ever since Keith Morgan claimed he found the cocker spaniel on the side of the road in a plastic bag on March 14. Morgan transported the dog to the Associated Humane Societies in Tinton Falls and, for 24 hours, he was looked at as a hero.
But after an investigation, Morgan and his wife were taken into custody the next day by the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and accused of animal cruelty, saying the Morgans had owned the dog themselves. Sammy spent approximately four weeks at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls recovering from injuries, including dehydration. The dog recovered.
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