On Tuesday, Superior Court New Jersey Judge James Blaney, overturned jail sentences handed down to Keith Morgan and his wife Shauna Kennedy-Morgan in November 2013, for the egregious neglect of Sammy, a senior cocker spaniel found in a garbage bag reported the Asbury Park Press.
Keith Morgan, 56, will serve 90 days of house arrest and five days of community service. His wife, Shauna Kennedy-Morgan was sentenced to one year of probation and 30 days of community service.
In November 2013, Judge Robert LePore sentenced the couple to six-months in jail, $1,000 fine, $13,500 in restitution, 30 days of community service, and banned the couple from owning anymore pets.
In court, Keith Morgan read from a notebook apologizing to Sammy and stated that not a day goes by that he isn't sorry for what he did to him; he also apologized to his wife - taking full blame for what happened. He continued with apologies to the ASPCA, the veterinary hospital, and the court.
On Sammy the Cocker Spaniel's Facebook, a heart wrenching note was posted on Tuesday. In part, the post stated the sentiments of many people who have continued in the fight for justice representing all animals who have no voice and depend on compassionate humans to help:
..However, what is most sad in this case is that the Judge's decision sends a message that animal abuse is not a serious crime in New Jersey. As we know, there are so many cases of cruel abuse committed against innocent animals everyday. I feel that he has failed in his capacity as a minister of justice. Perhaps His Honor would have rendered a different verdict had he had to take care of me for one day; the severe neglect by my former owners has left serious physical scars.
But now, dear friends and supporters, it is time to move on and to turn attention to cases of animal abuse that badly need our attention. I owe so much to Amy and Martin for keeping the issue of animal abuse in the forefront. I am grateful to Buddy Amato and all law enforcement officials who keep a vigilant eye.
Know that I am at peace. Sammy the Cocker Spaniel"
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