A malnourished Cocker Spaniel is slowly recovering after he was turned into the Associated Humane Society in Tinton Falls last week, covered in urine and with his fur so matted together it could not stand.
Samurai, affectionately known as Sammy, took his first steps Monday at the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, where officials said he has also started eating on his own again.
Victor Amato, the chief humane law enforcement officer for the Monmouth County SPCA, said Sammy has attracted international attention after a Brick couple turned him in claiming they found him in a garbage bag on the side of the road.
Officials later learned that the couple had actually owned him for at least nine years.
“This dog has become a celebrity,” Amato said. “[He still] has a lot of hurdles to overcome.”
Amato said if Sammy does survive, the biggest problem would be determining who gets to adopt him.
Hospital officials call Amato every two hours with updates on Sammy, and Amato has also had several opportunities to see the dog, which is estimated to be 13 or 14 years old.
Keith Morgan was charged in Tinton Falls with animal cruelty by abandonment of a sick or maimed animal and filing a false report with law enforcement. He was also charged in Brick with interfering with an investigation and animal cruelty by failure to provide sustenance and causing unnecessary suffering.
Shauna Ewing Morgan was charged in Tinton Falls with animal cruelty by abandonment of a sick or maimed animal and in Brick with animal cruelty by failure to provide sustenance and causing unnecessary suffering.
The couple was issued a disorderly persons summons and faces a maximum of six months in jail and $1,000 fine on each count.
Second dog removed from Brick couple accused of animal abuse
BRICK – A second dog was removed Thursday from the house of a Brick couple facing animal cruelty charges after authorities said they neglected their other dog.
The dog removed Thursday, a three-year-old Cocker Spaniel named Ady, was discovered at the house after an anonymous tip to authorities, said Victor Amato, chief humane law enforcement officer for the Monmouth County SPCA. The couple signed the dog over to the SPCA.
Amato said the dog was recently groomed and in better condition than the one the couple brought into Associated Humane Society in Tinton Falls last week.