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Couple "made up the whole story" of finding the animal in Wall, authorities say

Sunday Update: The dog a Brick man said was found on the side of Belmar Boulevard Friday is resting comfortably and making strides toward recovery, veternary staff said.

Samurai continues to receive small amounts of food while veternarians try to gradually build the aged Cocker Spaniel's strength and is doing as well as can be expected.

"Sammy did well through the night and remains stable this morning,'' Red Bank Veterinary Hospital staff said. "We are continuing to offer him small amounts of food which he is taking like a champ! He remains on antibiotics and pain medication."


The ailing cocker spaniel brought to a Tinton Falls shelter Thursday by a couple falsely claiming to have found it struggling for life on the side of a road is resting comfortably at the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital.

The dog, who Associated Humane Society workers named "Morgan" after the man who they belived "saved'' the dog, is still in critical condition but is being tended to, free of charge, by hospital staff. It's real name, according to hospital staff, is "Samurai.''

"Samurai is resting comfortably in our hospital under the loving care of many doctors and technicians," a post on the hospital's Facebook page reads. "He remains in critical condition."


 They said they found a dog in a garbage bag on the side of a Wall Township road Thursday.

But a Brick Township couple has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty after it was found that the pair never found the dog at all. It was their own animal. 

Keith Morgan, 56, and his wife Shauna Morgan, 43, were arrested today at the couple’s Sawmill Road home by officers from the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said Victor “Buddy” Amato, chief SPCA law enforcment officer.

“They made up the whole story,’’ Amato said.

The couple is also charged with filing a false police report, Amato said.

The dog, a Cocker Spaniel known as “Morgan,’’ was brought to the Associate Human Society’s office on Shafto Road in Tinton Falls Thursday covered in feces and urine, humane society officials said.

AHS officials have said the dog suffered severe neglect and is on a feeding tube.

Previously Reported:

A motorist driving on Belmar Boulevard on Thursday noticed a movement in a garbage bag on the side of the road, officials said.

It was a live dog, covered in feces and ill, left to die an inhumane death.

The Cocker Spaniel was taken to the Associated Humane Society in nearby Tinton Falls, where the aging dog has been named "Morgan,'' Humane Society staff said.

"We at AHS are offering a $500 reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for treating Morgan in this unthinkable way," according to a release from the AHA. "We will keep the public updated on Morgan's progress as he begins the healing process."

For more information on Morgan, e-mail tintonfallsahs@aol.com or call the AHS at 732-922-0100. The Society is located at 2960 Shafto Road, Tinton Falls 07753. The Society is open 7 days a week for adoptions from noon until 4 p.m.



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Nanette Valencia March 20, 2013 at 08:28 AM
Bless you, Jenn
elained March 21, 2013 at 11:16 PM
let's put these animals in a plastic bag and let them starve!!!!!!!!!
Stand Up Guy & Worse Enemy can kiss my @ss. March 31, 2013 at 10:22 PM
That is TOTALLY awesome.
Skitch April 17, 2013 at 02:29 AM
I can see the pain in this poor dog's eyes. If he recovers, I am sure he will forgive the stupidity of the humans that put him in this condition. That is the amazing spirit of the dog & man's best friend. He will just need to learn to trust again and he will if he finds the right person with a kind touch. The laws need to be changed. Animals are considered personal property and live stock. The penalties for abuse are minimal. Have any of you been to a puppy mill lately? These are the breeders who supply the puppies to the pet stores or the people you buy your pets from on line or find in the newspapers. Unfortunately the breeder dogs both M & FM have that same sad look in their eyes as Sami and have the same horrible living conditions as Sami & most times they are 100x's worse. So when you consider getting a pet, adopt, rescue, but do not buy!!!! There are a ton of rescues out there for every kind of pet you could imagine. For every pet you buy there are multiple animals being euthanized because no one wanted them. Don't let the add in the paper or on line about the family raised, farm raised, had fed AKC registered puppy kid you. Ask to see the barn & go into it & you will see tons of dogs living in the same conditions or 100x's worse than Sami. Volunteer at a rescue in the middle of puppy mill country and see the horrors of the Puppy Mills first hand. It's an eye opener. I challenge you to research puppy mills on line and to spread the word about them.
Angelo April 19, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Skitch you couldn't be anymore spot on. Stop buying from breeders! Each animal bought from low-life breeders kills another shelter/rescue animal. Rescue animals are so grateful, they know they were rescued & are undyingly appreciative. The stats are: 1 in 10 from any litter get a good forever home. So, 9 animals out of every10 are unloved. Animals are not disposable!! Stop abandoning animals, animals are forever, they are furry children. Please everyone, adopt from rescues & shelters!


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