BRICK — 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.
Victor “Buddy” Amato, the county SPCA’s chief law-enforcement officer, said Saturday he had little information about the situation and did not even know if Morgan and her husband are in jail.
“We’re in the dark here and are trying to find out what’s going on, too,” Amato said.
Morgan, 43, and her husband, Keith E. Morgan, 56, were sentenced on Nov. 18 after pleading guilty to various charges in August. It was not known Saturday whether Keith Morgan planned to appeal his sentence, as well.
Keith Morgan pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and filing a false police report, while Shauna Morgan pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty.
Aside from jail time, the couple also received a $1,000 fine, $13,500 in restitution to Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls to cover the cost of Sammy’s care and 30 days community service. They also are prohibited from future ownership of an animal.
Keith Morgan first claimed he found the 17-year-old cocker spaniel in a plastic bag on the side of a Wall road on March 14. Morgan took the dog to the Associated Humane Societies shelter in Tinton Falls and, for 24 hours, he was touted as a hero.
But the next day, it was discovered that Morgan and his wife actually owned the dog and they were charged by the Monmouth County SPCA with animal cruelty. Sammy spent about four weeks at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, recovering from maladies such as dehydration.
Afterward, Sammy was adopted by a family, who wish to remain anonymous.