Suspect in dog’s drowning arrested in Reno

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Police in Nevada have arrested a man suspected of tying a bowling ball to a dog and drowning it in a Northern California river.

William Meek was on the run for nearly five months. The Sacramento Bee ( ) reported Wednesday that the 47-year-old was taken into custody in Reno on a felony warrant.

Officials say the border collie was found floating in the American River in Sacramento on June 16. The dog had a leash on its collar that was tied to a bag containing a bowling ball and large rock.

City animal care manager Gina Knepp says the dog had a microchip that officials traced to a Sacramento woman who said she put the dog in Meek’s care.

Sacramento authorities are seeking Meek’s extradition to California. It wasn’t immediately known if he has a lawyer.


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