A dog was tied to a bowling ball and drowned in Sacramento, California – and now animal advocates are asking that her killer is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The dog, a 12-year-old border collie named Zelda, was found on June 16 floating in the American River, not far from Sacramento’s River Park neighborhood. The man believed to have killed Zelda had been on the run since allegedly tying a bowling ball to Zelda and then drowning her in the river.
William David Meek Jr., 47, was arrested on Nov. 4 in Reno, Nevada and was being held in the Washoe County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. According to Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Hilary Bagley-Franzoia, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has requested Meek’s extradition to California.
City animal care manager Gina Knepp stated that when Zelda was found, she had a retractable leash attached to her collar. The other end of her leash was tied to a bowling bag that contained a large rock and a bowling ball.
According to Knepp, this was a “terrible case” of animal cruelty. She stated: “The dog was alive when it entered the river.”
A necropsy confirmed that drowning was the cause of Zelda’s death. It also revealed that Zelda struggled to free herself from the bowling ball that weighed her down: there were signs of trauma around her neck.
After animal control officials investigated, it was discovered that Zelda had been microchipped and had come into the Sacramento, California city animal shelter as a stray in 2008. Officials tracked down the dog’s registered owner as Mollie Wasemiller. Authorities contacted Wasemiller, who stated that her boyfriend, William Meek had taken the dog to Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Shelter.
Meek also stated that he’d surrendered the dog to the shelter “to be put down because it had been biting,” but there was no evidence that Zelda had been surrendered there.
This isn’t Meek’s first brush with the law. According to the Sacramento Bee, Zelda’s killer has been involved in at least six cases filed in Sacramento Superior Court since 2003.
Animals advocates are hoping that there will finally be justice for Zelda. You can sign the petition here asking the Sacramento County DA to prosecute Zelda’s killer to fullest extent of the law.
Updates to this story will be posted as they occur.
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