Punish Man for Drowning Dog with Bowling Ball

Border Collie

Target: Chief of Reno Police Department, Steven Pitts

Goal: Transfer man who allegedly drowned dog with bowling ball to jurisdiction where he committed the crime so he can be tried and punished

William Meek has been on the run from Sacramento Police for reportedly drowning a dog in the American River. The man has been apprehended by Reno police officers and has a posted $50,000 bail. The dog's body was found floating along the river, his collar bound to a bowling ball and a rock. This man should be tried and sentenced to the full extent of the law for killing this dog in a horrific manner. Tell Chief of Police Steven Pitts to approve Meek's extradition to Sacramento where justice can be served.

Detectives who were hot on Meek's trail described him as a violent and cruel man who had two arrest warrants. One was for the brutal maiming of animals in Sacramento, and another for possession of drugs in Yolo County. Officers have been trying to arrest this man since June 2014, and he is currently being held in Washoe County jail.

Authorities found 12-year-old Zelda, a border collie mix, floating in the American River. She had a microchip and the owner, who lived in Sacramento, was notified of the incident. She told authorities that she had given Zelda over to Meek to be taken care of. The dog was supposed to be taken to the shelter for surrender, as she had bit someone, but Meek never fulfilled this promise. Instead, he took Zelda to the river, where he tied her leash to a bowling ball and rock, then allowed her to drown. A necropsy did confirm that Zelda was alive when she entered the water, and she suffered neck trauma from trying to get out of the water.

William Meek has proved to authorities that he is a cruel and vile man. This dog did nothing to deserve this kind of horrific death, and yet she suffered at his hands. Urge Chief of Police Steven Pitts to hand the dog over to Sacramento authorities so a jury can put this man away.


Dear Chief of Police Steven Pitts,

In June, your police officers arrested William Meek for animal abuse, as this man was responsible for drowning Zelda, a border collie. This dog allegedly bit someone, but even this offense doesn't justify drowning her in the river. This is a heinous way for any living thing to die, and as can be seen by the necropsy, she suffered tremendously.

Sacramento police are asking for this criminal to be transferred over to their jurisdiction. Since this crime occurred in Sacramento, it is only right that he be tried for his crime in that city. Please see that he is transferred to Sacramento police immediately so justice can be served.


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Photo credit: John Haslam via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Amanda Goodman says:

    He should be drowned in the same way.

  2. linda gentile says:

    i hope the owner feels terrible to have given her dog to someone instead of humanely taking her to a vet if it was required by law. what a horrible death for this poor old girl.

  3. Too many human beings behave lower than scum. Think it’s time we stop carrying these animal abusers and just do away with them, saving everyone else more grief as well as expense. Think – if the human soul is eternal (as we’ve all been taught), they wouldn’t REALLY die anyway, but at least they’d be OFF the planet!

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