Sebastian Police Officer Trial Set Whose K-9 Died In Hot Car

The case involving a K-9 dog that died in a Sebastian Police vehicle is set.
The case involving a K-9 dog that died in a Sebastian Police vehicle is set.

The trial of Eric Michael Antosia is set for October 15, 2019, in Brevard County. He is being charged with animal cruelty.

Antosia told investigators that he accidentally left his K-9 partner in a hot patrol vehicle on Friday, April 28, 2017. The dog’s name was Diesel. The Sebastian police officer is facing a first-degree misdemeanor.

After being on administrative leave, Antosia returned back to work.

When Sebastian Daily tried to speak with Antosia about the case in 2018, he was very emotional and could barely continue any discussion regarding the death of his K-9. It was evident to us that Antosia was still going through a lot of pain and agony over the loss of his former K-9 partner, Diesel.

Antosia had been a K-9 handler since 2001, and a veteran police officer for more than 20 years. Diesel was his second dog. He adopted his first K-9 after the animal was retired.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland. When he was age 9, his parents moved to Jupiter, Florida. Andy spent several years at various radio & television stations in Florida such as WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. In 1994, Andy made a career change to computer programming and worked for several technology companies (two are Fortune 500) in Atlanta, Georgia. However, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2002. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.