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NJ judge rejects jail in animal cruelty case

Local News | Mar 20, 2014

NJ judge rejects jail in animal cruelty case

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge has overturned six-month jail sentences for an Ocean County couple in an animal cruelty case.

The judge on Tuesday sentenced 56-year-old Keith Morgan to 90 days of house arrest and five days of community service. His wife, Shauna Kennedy-Morgan, received a year probation and 30 days of community service.

The Asbury Park Press reports about 35 people voiced their opposition to the ruling.

The couple admitted dumping a 15-year-old cocker spaniel named Sammy in a trash bag.

Keith Morgan had initially been hailed as a Good Samaritan after claiming he had discovered the dog in a trash bag on the side of the road. But authorities discovered the dog was registered to someone in the couple’s home.

The dog has since recovered.