Supporters of Sammy the cocker spaniel are criticizing the delayed sentencing of the dog's former owners.
ploy here is to sentence them 10 before Thanksgiving and with Christmas
coming up the attorney for the Morgans figures the judge will feel
sorry for the Morgans and not put them in jail for the holidays," wrote the moderator of the Sammy the Cocker Spaniel Facebook page. The sentencing was delayed during a proceeding today.
Last month, Keith Morgan entered pleas of guilty to abuse and animal cruelty, and filing a false report with police.
Morgan entered guilty pleas to two counts of abuse and neglect. A
charge of abandonment was dismissed. Attorneys met for about two hours
before the pleas were entered to arrive at the plea bargains.
During that court proceeding, Judge
Robert LePore requested a presentencing report before the pair are
sentenced. The charges carry fines, a maximum of six months jail time
and up to three years of probation.
Victor Amato, the chief
law enforcement officer of the Monmouth County Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, last month called the plea a "win," because the
charges that were dismissed mirrored others charges with which the
Morgans had been charged.