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William Meek appears in court Feb. 20, 2015.

SACRAMENTO-

The man accused of drowning his girlfriend’s dog in the American River has pleaded no contest, the District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

William David Meek, 47, is said to have put the 13-year-old border collie in a bag with a bowling ball and tossed it into the river. He then fled to Nevada.

The dog, Zelda, was found days later in the River Park area.

Meek was ultimately arrested on Nov. 3, and has been in custody ever since.

He faces up to three years behind bars for felony animal cruelty.