- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A man accused of drowning a border collie named Zelda in 2014 has been sentenced to three years in county jail.

The Sacramento Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1FknHEe ) 47-year-old William Meek, who pleaded no contest to felony animal cruelty, was given the maximum sentence Friday. Meek has been ordered not to own or live with animals for 10 years.

In June 2014, Meek told his girlfriend that he was taking her 13-year-old border collie to an animal shelter. Meek instead dumped Zelda into the American River. He had tied 25 pounds of weight to one end of Zelda’s leash using a bowling ball and a rock. He tied the other end tightly around her snout.

A nearby resident spotted Zelda’s body floating days later.

Meek has been in custody since Nov. 3.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com

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