SARASOTA, FLA. -- Jessica Anderson says the death of her 12-pound dachshund named Athena has left a huge hole in her heart.
“I have never dealt with the loss of an animal and to deal with one in this way, I don’t know what to feel,” said Anderson. She told ABC 7, Sean Glover, the husband of a coworker who was dog-sitting Athena last month, killed her dog and it was all captured on surveillance video.
“What I watched was enough to make my blood boil to the point I wanted to cause physical harm to him.”
Anderson said the first part of the video that shows Glover flinging the dog into the backyard of his in-laws house at 1:05 p.m. A minute later, Glover can be scene chasing Athena as she attempts to stay away from him. At 1:10 p.m. on the video, Glover can be seen striking the animal with his hand before carrying her lifeless body into the house, pausing only to flick his cigarette onto the ground.
“It is still something I am processing. It is still surreal,” she says.
Police charged Glover with four felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and one felony count of tampering with evidence because Glover is seen carrying the dogs lifeless body toward a field.
Glover entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment Friday morning. He did not show up at court but Anderson was there.
“I hope he gets the max punishment," Anderson says. "I hope he doesn’t get a slap on the wrist because this isn’t a slap on the wrist for me or Athena.”