Sep 29, 2014 7:23 AM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Police say a dog was found drowned with a bowling ball tied to it in a Northern California river and they're looking for a suspect.
The Sacramento Bee reports Sunday that the 12-year-old border collie named Zelda was found in the American River with a leash on its collar tied to a bowling bag with a ball and a rock inside.
Sacramento City Animal Care Manager Gina Knepp says the dog had a microchip that was traced to a Sacramento woman. She told them she'd put the dog in the care of 47-year-old William Meek, who is now being sought as an animal cruelty suspect.
Knepp says Meek told the woman he surrendered the dog to a shelter.
She says a necropsy showed it died from drowning and had neck trauma from the struggle