Thank You Judge LePore, Prosecutor Steven Zabarsky and Friends of Sammy!

Prosecutor Steven Zabarsky: "A picture is worth more than a 1,000 words & we ask for  Justice For Sammy"

Prosecutor Steven Zabarsky: “A picture is worth more than a 1,000 words & we ask for Justice For Sammy”

On Monday November 18th 2013, Judge LePore and Prosecutor Steven Zabarsky were truly voices for Sammy. Prosecutor Zabarsky presented a solid, impassioned case on behalf of Sammy. A video of Keith Morgan was shown of him explaining how he “found” Sammy in a black trash bag on the side of the road and how he couldn’t understand how “anyone could be that cruel.” (Watch video of news montage at end of this post.) It was later discovered he and his wife Shauna Morgan were the owners of Sammy. Prosecutor Zabarsky ended his argument by holding up a large poster of Sammy and stating: “A picture is worth more than a 1,000 words and we ask for Justice For Sammy.”

In so many animal cruelty cases , the abusers are not dealt with justly and receive just fines, community service and probation ( i.e. the case of Patrick http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2013/08/kisha_curtis_patrick_the_pit_bulls_former_owner_spared_jail_time_in_animal_cruelty_case.html ) but Judge LePore sent out a strong message addressing the seriousness of animal abuse when he said:

“This court believes that a message needs to be sent not just to these defendants, but to all of society that animal cruelty is a national and global problem and must be addressed and deterred.”

Other quotes from Judge LePore:

  • “Unless the defendants are sentenced to imprisonment for their depraved acts toward Sammy, they will not be deterred.”
  • “Any one capable of treating their pet the way you did is despicable.”
  • “Unless these individuals are imprisoned for their depraved, cruel and heinous conduct, such acts of animal cruelty will continue worldwide,” LePore said. “The lack of care provided to Sammy was inexcusable.”

** Watch the video of the sentencing of Keith and Shauna Morgan**

Judge LePore’s sentencing of the Morgans includes: a $1,000 fine, $13,500 in restitution to the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital who cared for Sammy, 30 days community service, they are prohibited from future ownership of an animal and six months in jail.

Photo Courtesy of Sammy's Facebook Page

Photo Courtesy of Sammy’s Facebook Page

Thank You Judge LePore, Prosecutor Zabarsky, , Monmouth County SPCA Chief Victor “Buddy” Amato, Detective William Hyer and Deputy Chief Larry Donato who investigated the case, Capt. Richard Yocum, president of the state SPCA, Martin Mondoker and Amy Tiernan Ulness, administrators of Sammy’s Facebook page, and ALL of Sammy’s wonderful caring friends who supported Sammy online and at the court house. You are ALL SAMMY’S VOICE!

Just some of Sammy's Army at the court house on Monday's sentencing of Keith and Shauna Morgan. Photo: D. De Santis

Just some of Sammy’s Army at the court house on Monday’s sentencing of Keith and Shauna Morgan. Photo: D. De Santis

Hopefully Judge LePore’s sentencing of these two individuals will set a precedent in other animal cruelty cases – Abuse An Animal – GO TO JAIL!

If you would like to send a Thank You note to Judge LePore and Prosecutor Zabarsky:

Honorable Robert M. LePore
Brick Municipal Court
401 Chambers Bridge Road
Brick NJ 08723

Brick Municipal Prosecutor Steven A. Zabarsky
Brick Municipal Court
401 Chambers Bridge Road
Brick NJ 08723

For more information on Monday’s sentencing and photos see this article: http://www.nj.com/monmouth/index.ssf/2013/11/brick_couple_sentenced_to_6_months_in_jail_for_abusing_dog_sammy.html

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