Ex-owners of Sammy’s appeal to be heard March 18, 2014

Prosecutor Steven Zabarsky presented a compelling argument against the Morgans on behalf of Sammy.

Prosecutor Steven Zabarsky presented a compelling argument against the Morgans on behalf of Sammy.

Mar. 7, 2014
Written by Nicholas Huba

BRICK — The married couple sentenced to six months in jail on animal cruelty charges in connection with Sammy, a cocker spaniel turned over to authorities in a trash bag, will return to court later this month.

Shauna Kennedy-Morgan, 43, and Keith Morgan, 56, will be in Ocean County Superior Court on March 18 to appeal their six-month jail sentence in front of Judge James Blaney. The couple’s was originally scheduled to have separate hearings but now they will be combined. No reason was given for the change, court officials said.

Watch the video to see their sentencing here: http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014303070067

The Morgans, who live on Sawmill Road in Brick, were sentenced Nov. 18 to six months in jail by Brick Municipal Court Judge Robert M. LePore. The couple has remained free during the appeal process.

Martin Mondoker, an administrator for the Sammy the Cocker Spaniel Facebook page, said he was frustrated by the short notice of the changes.

“I get the sense that they don’t want us there but we are planning on being there fighting for the full sentence,’’ said Mondoker, 51, of Colts Neck.

Last March, Keith Morgan at first was hailed a hero after he claimed he found the 17-year-old dog in a plastic garbage bag on the side of a road in Wall and took it to the Associated Humane Societies facility in Tinton Falls.

An investigation by the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals led to charges against the Morgans when it was learned the couple owned the dog and had abandoned it.

The cocker spaniel was emaciated, matted, dehydrated, unable to walk and suffering from burns from sitting in its own feces and urine, authorities said. Sammy has since been adopted by a family, who wish to remain anonymous.

http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014303070067

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