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Man ties bowling ball to dog and throws it into river

By Mason White 9:00 AM September 30, 2014
Zelda the dog 

By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) Police are looking to arrest a man on charges of animal cruelty after allegedly tying a bowling ball to a dog and throwing it into a river, police in California said.

Sacramento Police said that they are searching for the man who threw the dog into the American River.

Investigators identified the suspect as 47-year-old William Meek. Meek was described as being white, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 200 pounds, with brown hair and gray blue eyes.

The 12-year-old dog named Zelda, was found floating in the river near the River Park neighborhood of Sacramento. The dog had a microchip, and the animal shelter of the city traced it back to a woman from Sacramento.

She told officers that she put the dog in the care of Meek, and he allegedly told the woman that he gave the dog to the animal shelter.

When the dog was found, it had a retractable leash attached to its collar. The other end of the strap had a bowling bag, which contained a bowling ball and a big rock.

A necropsy confirmed drowning as the cause of the dog’s death. The dog also showed signs of trauma around its neck, presumably from struggling to break free and survive.

“The dog was alive when it entered the river,” investigators said.