DATE: May 8, 2015
CASE: William David Meek
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Hilary Bagley
District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced today that 47-year-old William David Meek pled no contest to felony animal cruelty.
In June 2014, Meek told his girlfriend he was taking her 13-year-old border collie “Zelda” to the City of Sacramento Front Street shelter and left with the dog. Meek did not take Zelda to the shelter. Instead, he placed a bowling ball and large river rock in a bag and tied the 25 lbs. of weight to one end of Zelda’s leash and the other end to Zelda’s collar, which he had tightly adjusted around her snout. He then drove to a chosen location in East Sacramento and dumped Zelda into the cold, fast waters of the American River. A resident in the nearby River Park neighborhood spotted Zelda’s bloated remains floating several days later, still partially weighted down by the bag. A necropsy on Zelda revealed river debris in her trachea with findings that her likely cause of death was hypoxia, resulting from inhalation of water.
When Meek realized a felony animal abuse warrant was outstanding for him, he fled to Nevada. He has remained in custody since his arrest on November 3, 2014.
Since there was no negotiated plea, Meek is subject to a sentence of up to the maximum three years. Sentencing is set for June 12, 2015 in Department 62 before the Honorable Ben Davidian.
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