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Dog Sitter Caught on Surveillance Video Beating Helpless Dachshund to Death

Dog Sitter Caught on Surveillance Video Beating Helpless Dachshund to Death

There’s a special place in hell for someone who’d do something like this. When you leave your pet with a sitter, you’re trying to ensure your furry family member is well cared for while you’re away.

The last thing you envision is that the supposed caretaker is going to beat your dog to death with his bare hands. Sadly, for one Florida pet owner, this is exactly what happened in August.

Athena was a 16-month old red and white miniature dachshund. At a mere 12 lbs., she was a tiny bundle of love and energy much adored by her owner, Jessie Anderson. A man named Stacy Sean Glover, 24, ended up dog sitting for Athena on Aug. 8.

Reports variously describe Glover as either the husband of Anderson’s co-worker or an in-law of Anderson’s. Either way, because the home’s air conditioner had gone out, he was the person who ended up watching little Athena that fateful day.

What Glover didn’t know was that the Anderson home had a security surveillance video camera. It caught every horrifying moment of what happened that afternoon.

If you can bear to watch, here’s that video. Be advised, it’s graphic:

For those who can’t watch this footage, here’s what happened. A man alleged to be Glover flings the little dachshund out the back door onto a patio. She hides under patio furniture from him and when he comes after her, she runs desperately away, barreling off screen at top speed.

The man races after Athena and finds her, bringing her back into camera view. Seated in a chair on the patio, he punches and possibly chokes her. Moments later, he carries her, dangling by the throat, back into the house. A few minutes later he emerges from the house, carrying the limp dog, and walks off screen.

No one has seen Athena since. Her body has not been recovered and is likely in the woods somewhere. A veterinarian who viewed the video believes the blows were hard enough to kill or seriously injure a small dog.

Glover reportedly texted his wife at work to tell her the dog had run away. Jessie Anderson and some friends spent hours scouring the neighborhood for Athena. Someone finally suggested checking the security camera footage. The appalling truth became all too clear.

“When I got off work, I went over there, and that’s when they decided to review the home surveillance,” Anderson told MyFox TampaBay. “All I watched was he passed her out the door. I was so angry I had to step outside. And when I came back inside, everyone was in tears and told me not to watch it.”

athena the dachshund

Little Athena was only 16 months old, sweet and affectionate.

Anderson, who says she’s never met Glover, is devastated. Even the police are shocked by what happened. Their reaction?

“Just disgust, that someone would victimize a defenseless animal like that,” Col. Steve Burns of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office told MyFox TampaBay.

Glover was arrested and charged with four felony counts of aggravated cruelty to an animal and one felony count of tampering with evidence. Bond was set at $50,000. Glover made bail and is back on the street, awaiting trial.

Jessie Anderson intends to be in court for any appearances Glover makes before a judge. “I don’t want my Athena to die in vain. I want justice,” she told WFLA.

athenaThis is apparently not Glover’s first time at the rodeo with respect to arrest for violent crime. He reportedly was charged in January 2014 with “domestic battery by strangulation.” Glover allegedly pushed a woman against a bed and choked her from behind until she could no longer breathe. It is not clear how authorities resolved those charges.

Let Athena’s story serve as a cautionary tale for anyone who needs a pet sitter. Know who will be watching your precious dog or cat. Know that person very well. Those who don’t make that effort — who are too trusting of people they don’t know personally — risk a similar fate for their beloved companions.

Jessie Anderson is grieving now, heartbroken over what happened. If she could do it all over again, undoubtedly she would. Remember her story when you need a pet sitter. Be careful.

Want to urge officials in Sarasota County, Fla. to prosecute Glover to the fullest extent of the law for this cruel, gut wrenching offense? If so, please sign this petition. Care2 will see that it gets to Ed Brodsky, the State Attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit, whose Animal Abuse Unit is expected to oversee the criminal case against Glover.

Jessie Anderson needs justice for Athena. She deserves to get it.

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5:11PM PDT on Sep 22, 2014


2:09PM PDT on Sep 19, 2014

Anyone who would hurt an animal in this manner would do the same to a human. This man needs to be carefully watched for future crimes. He is evil and sick. How many serial killers have started by killing animals?

6:22PM PDT on Sep 18, 2014

Petition is closed now. Sad I didn't see it before so I would have signed. Hope justice will prevail.

5:59AM PDT on Sep 11, 2014

Please sign my petition so that evil creatures like this get the punishment they deserve. I'd like, as so many people, to see the bastards hang, but that's too quick a punishment given the things so many evil 'people' do to the helpless. If someone purposefully tortures, abuses, and murders the helpless, regardless of the species, they really should expect to face the same thing. And I know there are many of you who would agree with me. Unfortunately though, in the eyes of the Law, humans are meant to be the 'Higher Species'. But I know of no other species on this planet who, for fun: rapes, tortures, maims, imprisons, drowns, turns their back on the hungry, thirsty, feeble, aged, defenseless, etc. Animals don't torture humans, strip of us our hair/skin, they do not boil us alive, they do not take us from our loved ones and lock us in tiny cages to do excruciating experiments on us in order to test the latest make up etc. I could go on and on. Instead I'll put my petition here and hope someone will sign it.

9:03PM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

Oh, God, I"m so upset. I should have heeded the video warning. I hate people who hurt just because the victim is too small to fight back. This monster has a documented histrory of violence. He needs to be in prison, where he can't do this anymore. Maybe his fate awaits him there.

3:08AM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

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3:07AM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

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11:46PM PDT on Sep 8, 2014

Dorothy M., what a beautiful note you wrote for Jessie Anderson, Athena's "mommy". I hope she gets to see it, it is so kind, thoughtful and heartfelt. Bless you.

10:56PM PDT on Sep 8, 2014

Thank you

7:27PM PDT on Sep 8, 2014

I wish I could write to Athena's owner. If you should read this, please know I cried for you and your dog. I pray for your dog to miraculously be returned to you in a recoverable condition. Barring that, I pray for her beautiful spirit to be welcomed by many loving people and animals on the other side and be lovingly looked after until you are reunited in the distant future. I heard you say on the news that you were supposed to protect her. You could not have known, and Athena would not want you to take this upon yourself. You are not the guilty party. I saw the in the news coverage the beautiful dog bed and blanket you provided for Athena, and the good food and, most of all, the love. We cannot see all facets of these tragedies. We cannot know why. Perhaps, Athena's whole purpose was to give her life to expose this psychopath before he killed many, many people and animals. I wish I could hug you and comfort you for you are such a beautiful person and such a fine dog owner. Please, when time has eased your pain, make some other dog so fortunate as to have you be his or her owner. Thank you for the beauty you brought to the world with your loving care of Athena.

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