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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What is status of recent animal cruelty cases in which dogs were killed?

Q: Has there been an arrest in the case of the dog torched inside a carrier? Also, what is the current status of the case of the dog tied to a bag with a bowling ball and rocks that was thrown in the river and drowned?

Carol, West Sacramento

A: No arrests have been reported in the case of a dog found burned to death outside the Oak Plains Masonic Lodge, near Watt and Marconi avenues, in the Arden Arcade area Jan. 21.

A reward of $13,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible, with contributions coming from the Sacramento SPCA, Humane Society of America, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and private donors. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District’s arson hotline at (916) 859-3775.

In the second case, William David Meek, 47, is being held in Sacramento County’s Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center, accused of drowning a 12-year-old dog. According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, the border collie, named Zelda, was found floating in the American River on June 16 near Sacramento’s River Park neighborhood. The dog had a microchip, which allowed Sacramento animal control officers to trace the dog’s owner, Meek’s girlfriend. The woman told authorities that she had left Zelda in Meek’s care and asked that he take her to the shelter to be surrendered for allegedly biting someone, but animal control officials said neither Meek nor the dog ever came to the city shelter

When Zelda was retrieved from the water, she had a leash attached to her collar. The other end of the leash was tied to a bowling bag containing a bowling ball and a large rock, authorities said.

Meek was arrested in Reno in November. According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, he is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Feb. 20.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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