Update: Guilty Pleas Entered In "Sammy The Dog" Case

About 40 people lined the hallways at The Brick Municipal Court waiting to enter the hearing of the couple involved with Sammy the dog

Written by Patch Editor Colleen Platt

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.

Shauna 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.

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 humane 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 for Sammy."

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 charged.

proud August 19, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Of all the recent sickening news stories, this one takes the boat.
Blondie August 19, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Hope Sammy gets justice...
Geoff Dubrowsky August 19, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Let Sammy show that we will not stand for abuse and neglect. I love dog people and the passion they carry. I often wish that would carry over into helping our children in Brick attending unsafe toxic schools and always blaming special ed. Wish I could join you all but Thank You for being there!!!!
WMS826 August 19, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I only wish that the people would do this for all the trash in sawmill and the other complexes ruining our town. Why do people stay silent over drugs and other crime issues. Why can we get such a showing over a cocker spaniel and not an 18 year kid.
read bull August 19, 2013 at 05:29 PM
286 - Because the poor animals cannot speak for themselves - kids can, although most choose not to.
nascarfan August 19, 2013 at 06:02 PM
286 - 18 year olds make the choice to get involved with drugs. This cocker spaniel did not ask to be taken into that home. It wasn't his choice. Those scumbags brought him there.
read bull August 19, 2013 at 07:21 PM
bring back public hangings!
gwyn lucas August 19, 2013 at 08:05 PM
I pray they get the max
susan bloom August 19, 2013 at 08:46 PM
what goes around comes around (karma)... i do hope there's a special place in hell for heartless folks like these two... and hope that justice will be served on behalf of sweet Sammy...
WMS826 August 19, 2013 at 10:10 PM
You animal lovers claim to care, then care for everyone. Yes there is a choice by a drug user, but why can we not get this kind of support to help arrest the pushers and sellers.
Anna Thema August 19, 2013 at 11:32 PM
It's about time our society has turned toward punishing animal abusers. It is unconscionable behavior when we do not protect our animals from harm. I just hope I never see it while it's happening because I don't know what I would do to the abuser...
jerseyswamps August 20, 2013 at 05:23 AM
826, You are right. There's plenty of misery and crime in their community, their world. Innocent victims who, like the dog, can't speak for themselves. Some are even dead. But these protesters put a dog at the top of their list?
Vivian Gail Peregoy August 20, 2013 at 06:58 AM
You talk about drugs and pushers.... When people will stand up and not be afraid, other people will join you. It can happen but you have to have a backbone and willing to fight. Too many cartels and gangs threatening people. They are scared to speak up for fear of their life. Animals on the other hand have no voice. We are their voice. So animal advocates speak up and stick together for the animals. So dont knock the advocates for animals till you can stand up and fight against the absolute horror of drugs and pushers. Just remember United We Stand..... Stand and we will unite.
Angelo August 20, 2013 at 08:44 AM
@js & wms823 - some advocate for people, some for animals. By both of your posts, you both feel the people at the brick court house are not focused where you feel they should be. Just as there isn't anyone here telling both of you that you should have been at the court house yesterday, please do not tell others what should be important. Nothing is stopping both of you from going to the court house on issues you feel are more important, animal advocates will not tell either of you that you should have been there for Sammy. Bottom line is: people advocate for things they feel are unjust. Animal abuse if not only horrid, it's heartless & evil. People have choices, animals do not. We'll advocate for victims that do not have a voice & cannot defend themselves, you two can spend your time on individuals that have made bad choices over & over. Feel free to advocate for people that have make their own beds, we'll defend creatures that are utter victims, that had no hand in how they are treated & are needlessly suffering because of lousy selfish disgusting pigs like the Morgans.
`~` August 20, 2013 at 09:40 AM
Well said Angelo. People bitch and complain at the computer but the same people do nothing. And a 18 year old is NOT a kid/child they are an ADULT.
jerseyswamps August 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM
Angelo, did you even read what I wrote? Or is it all emotion? There are plenty of people, HUMANS, that can not speak for themselves. very young children, abused and neglected. DEAD people, DEAD children killed by people far worse that the Morgans. I wonder how many DUI arrest there were just last night? How many accidents, injuries? That's just in your back yard. Where's the protest? I can see a protest against a war, a legitimate race crime, etc. It isn't like nothing happened to the Morgans. They got arrested and charged. Do you really think that was going to be thrown out?
Bricky August 20, 2013 at 11:38 AM
I don't like to hear that any animal is abused, but I have to admit I really hate "dog people". Get over your stupid dogs already. I do mean stupid. They are so dumb they eat their own s***. They smell,slobber, bite and scratch. They bark all the time, ruining any tranquil moment in this town (and every town in this country filled with you Dog-tards). Oh, and I can just hear your response to this, "not my dog!"..YES, your dog is annoying to the world! I have one woman that walks her dog in my neighborhood everyday and he makes sure to stop and pee on EVERY mailbox ALWAYS. Across the street, the dogs just bark 24 hours a day. I tried calling the cops and a week later someone mysteriously slashed my tire. Got the message loud and clear. Your dogs should be aloud to bark all the time because they are cute and fluffy and they think you are the greatest thing ever because you feed them. License the owner, not the dog. You should have to have a license to have a dog. A license that can be revoked. Any idiot can have a dog, so why do you act surprise when someone abuses one? Just know that your dog is not cute, or special. I know you only need the fake affection of a dog to feel any affection at all. I laugh when you people complain how you can't go on vacation because you don't have anyone to watch your dog. I laugh at you idiots swinging your bag of poop around on cold winter mornings. However, those moments are fleeting. I mostly just grin and bear the endless barrage annoying dogs and their more annoying owners. I hope you both get worms.
jerseyswamps August 20, 2013 at 11:52 AM
And I thought I was being ruff. Nice, Bricky. Valid points. My "favorite" obnoxious dog owner move is the driver [usually old] who allows their cute, precious, darling little lap dog to ride on the driver's lap. Usually sitting up, looking around, its head in front of the driver's face. Any of you dog people going to protest the driver if he/she runs over a little kid? BTW, new law in NJ. All dogs must be restrained in a dog/car seat harness to keep them from wandering around in side and from becoming flying missiles if in an accident.
Bricky August 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM
The neighbors also like to let their 2 (cuz one is never enough) German Shepherds roam the front yard with no leashes on. They usually run up to anyone coming to my house. Have yet to bite, but then again the owner assures me "they would never do that"....Until they do.
Angelo August 20, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Bricky, you lose your audience when you say “I hate dog owners” & call others idiot, that says it all. Your post is a rant & a ridiculous at that. Dog owners understand the flaws of our animals, but compared to most people, their flaws are minimal- then JS says, good & valid points which may be the best part =o). But this is so typical. I try to explain why animal advocates feel the way they do & we get people calling others idiots & name calling. Every time an animal advocate speaks out, they are screamed down by protectors of the perpetually hopeless. Then you JS act as if you are trying to make a point & side with name callers & abusers of humans, the same creatures JS keeps imploring others to take better care of! It seems that’s only for non-animal advocates though or people that are like thinkers like JS & Bricky. It's so funny to watch people that stay in their homes in front of their computer screens, comment on threads & abuse people that disagree with them. If you feel so strongly js, why weren’t you there yesterday telling others face to face what to advocate for? But we hear you through the web loud & clear, both of you. You don't feel animals are important enough; we get it, duly noted. We should be outraged over people damnit not animal abuse!! All of your CAPITAL letter words aren’t going to change where people advocate or what they stand up for. If it makes you & Bricky happy to abuse animal advocates, so be it. Enjoy. We feel what the Morgans did is abhorrent, evil & ghoulish. We have every right to feel as we do, advocate for who we feel needs it. Our efforts are no less or more than anyone else’s that advocates for other causes. That you both disagree has been made clear. But nothing changes the fact that the Morgans deserve a lot worse than “worms” Bricky!
Bricky August 20, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Angelo, while you were typing your non-rant/rant, your dog just took a dump in your backyard and barked incessantly at your neighbor. Better get your pooper scooper and continue to wonder why your neighbor is giving you dirty looks. Ahh whateves, their problem. If they don't get the same joy from Fido as you do, they are the fools! P.S. There is dog hair all over your clothes and you smell like wet fur
Angelo August 20, 2013 at 02:19 PM
@Bricky – Once again, nothing of substance what so ever but at least you're consistent...blah blah blah...
Penn Cross August 20, 2013 at 06:36 PM
I like dogs and am very happy there will be justice for Sammy, but I do agree with Bricky that dog owners should be more considerate of their neighbors and everyone in general. And I wish authorities would be more vigilant in enforcing quality of life laws concerning things like barking dogs and cleaning up poop. There should be a requirement that people take a course on 'how to be a good dog owner' before acquiring the dog, and once they do, they should be required to take their dog through obedience training. They should know, if they violate laws they will be fined, with the possibility of losing the dog for chronic offenders. The world would be a better place if people just showed some consideration. Of course this doesn't apply to every dog owner, many are considerate.
jerseyswamps August 20, 2013 at 06:53 PM
I'm writing to question the protest. What's the point of the protest? It isn't like someone reported an incident and no one did anything. If that happened then a protest might encourage the authorities to act. But the Morgans were investigated and arrested before any protest. What's the point of T-shirts and posters with photos? Is it "look at me. I care more about animals than you." People have a right to do silly things. Go ahead. Of course animals should not be treated like that and the Morgans should be punished. Any human victims I speak of are not the "perpetually hopeless". I speak of young children from several months to a few years. I seen infants and young children treated just like Sammy. I worked for an agency that investigated people like the Morgans and removed these children from those homes. No protests or posters from the neighbors or those who knew what was going on. And the parents didn't get as much punishment as some of you are calling for.
Lucretia B August 22, 2013 at 08:43 AM
Stories like this make me want to kiss my dog and show him I care even more than normal. I really don't understand why these people didn't just take the dog to the ASPCA for adoption. If the dog could speak, perhaps that is what he would have said.
proud August 22, 2013 at 09:47 AM


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