When Jessie Anderson’s air conditioning stopped working, she was concerned about her dog’s safety inside their sweltering home while she went to work. So, she asked a friend and co-worker to care for Athena, a 16-month old, 12-pound Miniature Dachshund, until she could get the air conditioner repaired.
While Jessie and her friend went to work on Friday, her friend’s husband, 24-year old Stacy Glover, was at home, in charge of caring for the tiny dog. Later that afternoon, she received a text message that Athena had run away.
Both women went to the home to assist in the search. Hoping for an idea of where to search, they began watching the home surveillance recordings.
In the first scenes involving Athena, who Jessie adopted when she was just 8-weeks old, Glover can be seen roughly tossing the tiny dog out the back door, into the un-fenced yard, and going back inside.
Just watching that was enough to infuriate Jessie who stepped outside to search and call for her dog.
But, when she went back inside a few moments later, everyone was in tears and begged her not to watch the tape.
In the surveillance video, Glover can be seen throwing, punching, and kicking the dog. Athena ran from him, tried to hide under the patio furniture, but Glover continued chasing her. When he finally caught the tiny dog, he grabbed her by the throat and carried her, with one hand around her neck, back inside the home.
Minutes later, Glover is seen exiting the back door, holding Athena who appears to be limp and lifeless.
According to Fox 13 News, the sheriff’s office said the video shows Glover walking away from the house, heading toward a wooded, swampy area near the home with Athena in his hands. Detectives say it is unclear whether the dog was still alive at that point, so they asked a veterinarian to look at the video.
The veterinarian confirmed that the brutal force used on Athena very likely caused serious, if not fatal, injuries.
Though police have searched the area, Athena’s body has not been found. Glover, who is charged with four counts of felony animal abuse and one felony count of tampering with evidence, is not cooperating with police.
Glover is currently being held at the Sarasota County Jail on $50,000 bail.
“She was my baby girl. She was not an angry or feisty or a mean dog, by any means. She was the sweetest, gentle, loving tiny dog. She wasn’t just a dog to me, she was my child,” said Jessie Anderson, who was pleased to hear of the charges against Glover. “When I found out the charges, I was thanking God and thinking we’re one step closer to what [Athena] deserves, she deserves justice.”
The entire surveillance video footage can be found here. Please, be warned, it is very tough to watch and not appropriate for some viewers.