'Sammy the dog' supporters rally as former owners appear in Brick court on animal cruelty charges

Demonstrators lined up outside an Ocean County courtroom today to demand that a couple accused of abusing a dog faces jail time. Keith and Shauna

Demonstrators lined up outside an Ocean County courtroom today to demand that a couple accused of abusing a dog faces jail time.

Demonstrators lined up outside an Ocean County courtroom today to demand that a couple accused of abusing a dog faces jail time. (5/20/13)

BRICK - Demonstrators lined up outside an Ocean County courtroom today to demand that a couple accused of abusing a dog faces jail time.

Keith and Shauna Morgan faced a judge in Brick Monday to be arraigned on charges of animal cruelty.

In March, the Morgans told authorities they found a cocker spaniel named Sammy on the side of a road in a garbage bag. But police and investigators from the Monmouth County SPCA found that the couple was the dog's registered owners, and the couple was arrested.

Demonstrators came from as far away as Texas to the Brick Municipal Courthouse in hopes that animal cruelty will become a felony charge.

Keith Morgan requested and was granted a public defender Monday. The next court appearance for the couple will be in six to eight weeks.

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