The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office charged Keith Morgan and his wife Shauna of Sawmill Road in Brick Township on Monday each with abandonment, failure to provide sustenance, and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. The cocker spaniel was found stuffed into a garbage bag and left on the side of Belmar Ave. in Wall Township late last week.
Morgan and his wife were both arrested, however were released and no bail was required. The charges, according to the Berkeley Patch are considered disorderly offenses and punishable up to the maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Keith Morgan has also been charged with interfering with an investigation.
The investigation is still ongoing, and more charges could be added.
Morgan, 56, and his wife Shauna, 43, told authorities they found the barely alive cocker spaniel in a garbage bag lying on the side of the road. Too many details of their story didn't make sense, and an investigation began. Authorities were able to trace a registration certificate of the spaniel back to the Morgans from 2007.
Meanwhile, Sammy continues to make slow progress and has captured the hearts of well-wishers and supporters throughout the United States. He is currently in the care of the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, and on Monday afternoon he was reported eating on his own and slowly gaining strength.
Sammy has not been able to get up yet, however his hind legs are being massaged and if wishes and kind words were magical, Sammy would already be up and about.
From his records, it is possible that Sammy may be 14 years old.
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