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Brick Pair Officially Charged With Animal Cruelty

"Sammy'' responding to treatment at vet hospital

The Brick Township couple who brought a nearly dead dog covered in its own excrement to a Tinton Falls animal shelter claiming it was found on the side of a road have officially been charged with three counts of animal cruelty, authorities said Monday.

Keith E. Morgan, 56, and Shauna Ewing Morgan, 43, of Sawmill Road, have each been charged with abandonment, failure to provide sustenance and causing unnecessary suffering, said Charles Webster, Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office spokesman.

Additionally, Keith Morgan is charged with interfering with an investigation, Webster said.

The charges, disorderly persons offenses, carry a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, Webster said.

An investigation is ongoing, Webster said. Charges may be added.

The Morgans were charged and released, Webster said. No bail was required.

Meanwhile, the aged Cocker Spaniel taken in by the Associated Humane Society is recovering at the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital and responding well to treatment. He has begun to eat on his own, hospital staff has said.

"We keep telling Sammy how the world is rooting for him and he continues to gain strength," staff said.

Keith Morgan walked into the Tinton Falls AHS building with the nearly deceased dog claiming that he had found the animal in a tied garbage bag on the side of Belmar Boulevard in Wall.

But his story didn't add up, Chief Humane Law Enforcement Officer Victor “Buddy” Amato of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has said.

Amato investigated the claim and found that the dog, named Samurai, was registered to the Morgans in 2007.

Investigators now believe the dog is about 13- to 14-years old, Webster said.

TruthnAll March 21, 2013 at 06:40 PM
@Your worse enemy: I have been sitting for the past week in disgust reading what those two had done to that dog. I am also an animal lover and AGREE with you wholoe heartedly. Granted what they did was dispicable and beyond reproach. There is no excuse that I could even imagine them coming up with to defend this. But like you said many that are stalker these people, at their job, home, websites etc wouldn't turn a keystroke if this were about senior citizens who are in this exact same position on a daily basis! The lynch mob mentality of some of the people on this site and others is ridiculous to say the least. And stalking and threatening violence to those people when the poor dog (thanks to the care by the RB Vet Hospital) is still surviving. You said they ought to be ashamed, but I am ashamed for them!
elained March 21, 2013 at 06:44 PM
if these 2 monsters don't have jobs, the taxpayers better not be paying welfare or food stamps for them - LET THESE PIGS STARVE!!!!!!!
Jersey March 21, 2013 at 06:45 PM
@Marlee - ANY animal costs alot of money. What do you expect, things to come for free? They have to be bathed, groomed, fed, walked, loved, played with, be given medicine, toys, etc .... If they can't afford to take care of the dog, then find it a good home. DO NOT abuse the animal by keeping it locked in a cage, laying in its feces, not feeding him, not walking him. If you saw the picture of Sammy when he was brought to the vet, its quite obvious that this abuse isn't something that happened overnight. It happened over a period of time. I don't give a crap what their reasoning was for all of a sudden having a change of heart and LYING when they turned him in, they are ANIMAL ABUSERS and deserve the WORST for the rest of their life.
DIANE WALSH March 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Ivan, "just a dog". What kind of a moral statement is that to make? Priorities?.... Priorities are to treat all living helpless, defenseless creatures with the care and love they deserve, in no particular order. You need to get YOUR priorities straight.
Stand Up Guy & Worse Enemy can kiss my @ss. April 01, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Why are you bringing up nursing home residents and why do you claim no one here has compassion for humans? You're way off base and out of line. This isn't about a particular person who was so severely neglected and tortured. If it was, a ton of people would have something to say about that too. But this is about the unnecessary, inhumane, disgusting, torturous conditions inflicted upon one helpless elderly Cocker Spaniel. A dog they owned. A dog they inflicted incredible suffering on. A dog they chose to neglect. A dog with urine scalds so bad, they penetrated through the layers of his flesh. A dog who has such crippled paws that he'll never be able to walk normally again. A dog who suffered with such severe pain and infections in his ears, that he'll never hear again. A dog who wasn't always fed. A dog who couldn't move because he was mummified alive in his own urine and feces for so long. A dog who cried at night for help, which the neighbors heard, but no one did anything about it. No, there is no excuse for allowing neglect to on to this degree, unless they were paraplegic, in a coma or dead.

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