The man once heralded as saving Sammy the dog today entered a guilty plea to abusing him.
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.
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, called the plea a "win," because the
charges that were dismissed mirrored others charges with which the
Morgans had been charged.
Prior to the hearing,
about 40 people lined the hallways at The Brick Municipal Court waiting
to enter the hearing of the couple. Some wore shirts that said "justice
The Morgans faced animal cruelty charges
in connection with the dog, who was initially thought to be found on
the side of the road by Keith on March 14 and brought to the Humane Societies in Tinton Falls. The Morgans were later