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Dog-watcher arrested on animal cruelty charges

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SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. -- A Myakka City family, who asked an in-law to watch their dog, made a horrifying discovery on their surveillance system recently.

Earlier this month, 24-year-old Stacy Glover was asked to watch his in-laws' 12-pound Dachshund at their home on Cutting Horse Trail near Myakka City.

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, Glover told the dog's owners when they got back that the dog had run away.

The dog's owners reviewed their home surveillance video which showed Glover physically abusing Athena, throwing her out the back door several feet from the home. After the dog attempted to hide under patio furniture, Glover chased, captured and began beating her with his fist. Glover then picked her up by the throat and carried the dog back into the home. Later, Glover is seen carrying the lifeless dog out the back door and into a nearby wooded area. He returns a short time later without the dog.

The dog's remains were not found but a veterinarian reviewed the video and determined that the excessive force would very likely cause serious, if not fatal injuries.

Glover was arrested Wednesday morning on four felony counts of Aggravated Cruelty to an Animal and one felony count of Tampering with Evidence.

He is currently being held at the Sarasota County Jail on $50,000 bond.

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