California man pleads not guilty to drowning dog in river

Feb 22, 2015 10:16 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California man has pleaded not guilty to drowning his ex-girlfriend's dog in the American River.

The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday that William Meek pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges in Superior Court. He is being held in jail without bail because of a pending felony charge in an unrelated case.

Meek's girlfriend testified that she asked him to take the unruly 12-year-old border collie to an animal shelter on June 11 after the dog bit several people. The dog named Zelda was found a few days later in the river with a bowling ball and rock in a bag tied around its collar in a case that prompted a slew of social media comments about animal abuse.

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