Sentencing for Brick couple accused of abusing dog, Sammy, rescheduled

By Ashley Peskoe/  || October 17, 2013 at 2:54 PM, updated October 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Keith and Shauna Ewing Morgan reached a plea agreement and sentencing was expected on Oct. 21, but has been rescheduled for Nov. 18. A reason for the rescheduling was not given and the municipal court administrator could not be reached Thursday.

Keith Morgan, 56, pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty and filing a false police report, while Shauna Ewing Morgan, 43, pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty.

The charges stem from a March incident when Keith Morgan brought a 15-year-old Cocker Spaniel named Sammy to the Associated Humane Society in Tinton Falls claiming he found the dog on the side of the road in a garbage bag.Sammy was covered in urine and his fur was so matted together that he could not stand.

The case drew international attention and in April the dog was placed with a foster family, who became the permanent owners after the plea agreement was reached.

The Morgans each face up to six months in jail.


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