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'Miracle' Abused Dog Now Standing; Fund Started for Pet's Care

Recovery continues at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital

Days ago, covered in excrement, "Samurai" couldn't hold up his head to eat.

Today, the abused Cocker Spaniel under the care of Red Bank Veterinary Hospital stood on his own, a sign of continued recovery.

"Samurai" or Sammy has seen a tremendous outpouring of support after he showed up in a garbage bag, to the Tinton Falls animal shelter.

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.

While at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Sammy was treated for poor health but continues to recover, eating on his own and now, today, standing for the first time.

The latest post, one of many updates the hospital has announced on Sammy's condition, calls the progress a miracle:

"Where there is love, miracles happen...Sammy stands!"

Over the weekend, a fund was set up for those hoping to donate. Those interested can send a check to Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, 197 Hance Avenue, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724, with a note that your donation is for the Morgan/Samurai Fund.

The hospital also encouraged residents to adopt from local animal shelters:

"Please remember that our nation’s animal shelters are full of animals in need of loving homes. Many of them could very easily have ended up in the same situation as Samurai," a hospital representative wrote on the RBAH site. "If your lifestyle permits you to adopt another pet, please consider opening your heart and home to a shelter pet in honor of Samurai."

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shore1709 March 22, 2013 at 01:29 PM
I am also sending a donation for this poor little soul... hope he can find a good home , someone who will love him the way he should be loved....
shelly s March 26, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Dog Lover, I had a similarly bad experience with the people at the Jersey Shore Animal Shelter in Brick years ago. Even though my vet provided stellar references, they treated me like I was some serial killer when I went there to adopt a cat who turned out to be extremely ill. They denied any responsibility for it. Thank god I had an awesome vet who saved her life. I will never, ever go back there and I won't support anything they do because they are hypocrites. I have had positive experiences with Popcorn Park, but I've also taken in several animals over the years who were destined for shelters if I didn't -- kittens dumped in the woods, dogs that someone no longer wanted. Go to your vet's office; often they have posters offering animals free to a good home.
Angelo April 05, 2013 at 06:04 PM
If it's online, it's no longer personal information genius. Any potential employers & the prosecutor’s office are all privileged to any info Keith “sh*tchip” Morgan & Shawna Morgan put on their Facebook page. In 2013 that would be common sense, something Morgan defenders are sorely lacking. If they abused the animal while they had $$$ to go to family reunions, they are even bigger pieces of garbage than originally thought. Is there no end to the news that proves what low-life slugs the Morgans & their friends are?
Lucy April 06, 2013 at 12:09 AM
We adopted both of our (babies) dogs from the pound. They are part of our family. Photo's, holidays, xmas and b-day presents. They are the children we never had. When you can't have kids, your animals become your children. I know that sounds silly but it is what it is.
Angelo April 06, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Sure do darlin!! Shawna Morgan!!

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