UPDATE: 150 Pack Courtroom, Saying "Justice for Sammy"

Judge Robert M. LePore acknowledges issue is 'emotional.'

About 150 people packed into the Brick courtroom Monday to show support for "Sammy," the cocker spaniel who authorities charge was brought to an animal shelter by his abuser.

People at the courtroom wore shirts that said "Justice for Sammy." A New York woman was escorted from the Brick Municipal Court Monday after she yelled in the courtroom at a man authorities charge abused his dog.

Sammy was brought to the Monmouth County Animal Shelter by Keith Morgan, 56, of Brick, who told staff that he and his wife, Shauna Ewing Morgan, 43, found the dog in a garbage bag on the side of Belmar Boulevard in Wall.

But authorities later said an investigation showed the couple owned the dog, who was covered in feces and urine and encased in its own matted fur, unable to walk.

Morgan, 56, faces charges of animal cruelty for failing to provide proper grooming and veterinary care for Sammy; unnecessary cruelty for allowing Sammy to sit in his own urine and feces, causing burns on his skin, and interfering with an officer for providing misleading information during the course of the investigation. Morgan also faces charges from Tinton Falls of abandoning a sick or maimed animal at the humane society and filing a false police report for claiming they found Sammy in a garbage bag by the side of the road.

Shauna Ewing Morgan, 43, faces charges from Tinton Falls of abandoning a sick or maimed animal at the humane society, and charges from Brick of failure to provide proper grooming and veterinary care and unnecessary cruelty for allowing Sammy to sit in his own urine and feces.

The case was adjourned until next month, as an attorney representing Morgan noted more time for discovery was needed. A pretrial conference was tentatively scheduled for one of the last weeks in August, and a trial is expected in September. 

As the couple were leaving the courtroom, Sharon Schettine of New York yelled at Morgan - "go kill yourself." Judge Robert M. LePore, who had previously warned those in attendance to maintain order, ordered her removed from the courtroom. He then made a remark acknowledging that "this is an emotional issue .. but you have to keep your emotions in check."

She told Patch after being escorted from the courtroom that she was angry that the matter was "put off" another month, adding, "what other evidence are they going to produce?"

The couple faces a minimum of six months in jail if convicted.

Less than a month after he was brought to the hospital, Sammy walked out of the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital on his own, a social media post from the hospital said last month. He is now in a new home.

read bull July 15, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Thank you all for giving Sammy a voice(s)!! :)
Joseph Woolston Brick July 15, 2013 at 05:51 PM
They can put this case off all they want, we will still be in that court room to make sure all animal abusers get the message and to see that justice is done.
Doreen (Brick) July 15, 2013 at 05:54 PM
That's our justice system for you.....these people should be put in jail. I hope tHeir day comes and they are punished for treating poor Sammy that way. Karma baby.
WMS826 July 15, 2013 at 09:05 PM
People need to wake up to what's going on.
mary p July 15, 2013 at 10:14 PM
And he should have to repay the kindnesses of strangers who donated money for Sammy's vet bills by having his paycheck garnished until he pays back every penny of what it cost to bring Sammy back to health. Let that money be donated to an animal charity.
Mema July 15, 2013 at 11:49 PM
If the abuser is the one in the orange shorts....That's how you dress for court?!?!?! REALLY....the judge didn't throw him out? OMG
Youareanidiot July 16, 2013 at 01:36 AM
If society only cared this much about other issues........like getting jobs. People are so hyped up about this dog....okk it's sad get over it.
AJ July 16, 2013 at 06:18 AM
You have the right username Youareanidiot!
kathleensharkey July 16, 2013 at 06:43 AM
I would tell them to kill themselves too!
Art Sholty July 16, 2013 at 08:46 AM
Only an ostrich can bury its head in the sand.......all others must keep an eye out for those who harm animals.
grace July 16, 2013 at 09:10 AM
the owners look like there might be some mental problems there..especially the disheveled look for court
Youareanidiot July 16, 2013 at 11:11 AM
Good one AJ. Thumbs up too you toolbag!
Marlee July 16, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Not for nothing but the man did bring the dog to be helped.......He would not have done that if he did not care about the dog to some extent.......He could have just left the dog to die and no one would ever think twice because no one would have known. I think the wife or someone else living there abused that dog and he did not have he money for the vet, so he pretended he found the dog so the dog COULD get treatment. Sorry but it is very expensive to bring your animal to the vet and they look poor, these people. Sammy is alive because of that mans actions......We do not know all the details yet so stop making him guilty because he is innocent until PROVEN guilty of animal abuse.....
Tigress62 July 16, 2013 at 08:15 PM
@Marlee: Have you seen the picture of Sammy when he was "found" in a garbage bag placed by his owners on the side of the road? https://twitter.com/Justice4Sammy/status/357268539058573312/photo/1 This did not happen overnight. This was the result of years of abuse and neglect. No one who loves and respects animals would inflict this pain and suffering upon them. Before adding a comment to an issue, you should consider taking time to research it, because you obviously know nothing about this case. Sammy was neglected and abused to the point where he was so encased in his own filth and matted he could not stand up. He is deaf due to ear infections that went untreated over the years. This is a horrific case of abuse. Sammy is a beautiful sweet dog who suffered at the hands of Keith and Shauna Morgan – not only are their actions despicable, but claiming they “found” Sammy and taking credit for “saving him” is disturbing.
Angelo July 17, 2013 at 10:44 AM
Anyone that could treat any animal in the way these pieces of garbage treated Sammy, then bring him in with a completely fabricated story that the animal was found on the side of the road in that condition are no effing good. Not only did they abuse the poor senior dog, they then had pictures taken at the shelter showing Keith “Chip” Morgan as a hero for saving the animal. He then filed utterly false police reports & LIED to the police & the authorities. The Morgans "friends" have been on other threads in regards to this story here on the patch saying horrible things to people that want the Morgans to pay for their actions. The Morgans “friends” have told others they hope their homes burn down & that they hope their families get sick for having issues & being appalled with the way poor Sammy was abused & the pictures the Morgans made public on their facebook pages of both Keith & Shawna partying & feeding their faces at a family reunion & at Atlantic City while poor Sammy was starving in their townhome in Sawmill. The Morgans & their so called "friends" are all cut from the same cloth. It's a sin they can ONLY get six months. We can only hope the false police reports add time to whatever punishment they receive. Complete trash is what these people & anyone that defends them are! Thanks to everyone that was in Brick Courts yesterday to support Sammy & to see that the Morgans get what they have coming to them. @ youarenaidiot, I bet you are yourworseenemy - you sound just like that fool that defended the Morgans. @ Marlee - this guy is an absolure SCUMBAG. Forget vet care, you do not leave a dog in that condition & allow it to lay in it's own feces & urine. That is not expensive vet care, it's human compassion. Something Keith "sh*tchip" Morgan doesn't have. And why bring the animal in & LIE as he did? Stop sticking up for scum people, these people are LOW LIFES!!!


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