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Sammy the cocker spaniel, who survived cruelty, dies at new home

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MIDDLETOWN, New Jersey — A cocker spaniel that was left for dead in a trash bag has died at its new adoptive home in New Jersey.

Sammy had suffered a stroke.

The dog gained attention in 2013 after Keith Morgan said he had discovered the starving dog in a garbage bag on the side of the road. Morgan was initially hailed as a Good Samaritan until investigators determined that he and his wife owned the dog.

The Morgans pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and were sentenced to six months in the Ocean County Jail. But a state judge overturned the sentences for house arrest, probation and community service.

Victor Amato of the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1zLT9gY ) the dog died being loved.


Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com

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