Woman Arrested After She Allegedly Pushed Her Dog into a Lake and Watched It Drown

MERRIMACK, N.H. — A New Hampshire woman faces an animal cruelty charge after pushing her 11-year-old dog into a lake and watching it drown.

Nancy Bucciarelli was arrested Friday. She is accused of taking her golden Labrador Retriever to Wasserman Park in Merrimack, about 29 miles south of Concord, on June 8 and then pushing it from a dock where it struggled to swim and eventually drowned, police said in a news release.

An investigation by the department’s animal control officer found the 66-year-old Bucciarelli made no attempt to rescue the dog, police said.

Witnesses told investigators the dog appeared “old and easily winded,” the release said. “Witnesses further advised that when they could see the dog struggling, they tried to render aid; however, it was too late.”

The dog drowned in 3 1/2 feet of water, police said.

Bucciarelli surrendered to Merrimack police. She was released on personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in Merrimack Circuit Court on June 27 to answer to the charge of misdemeanor cruelty to animals.

CNN has reached out to Bucciarelli for comment.


  • KittyCat

    I’m not happy that cruelty to animals is only a misdemeanor. It needs to a felony and prison time.
    She should be banned from owning any animals. Not even a fish.

  • Sue Phillips

    Throw her in a lake and let her drown. It’s all she deserves, after all she’s old too.

  • fortisveritas

    Poor pooch. Not right, not right at all. If it was terminally ill there are more dignified ways… People suck.

  • Bob Stevens

    She needs pushed in a lake to drown. There is no excuse for this. This angers me beyond belief.

  • yabbadabbadude

    How could she do that to her best friend that she had for eleven years? I can’t wrap my head around this one. For her sake, I hope she has dementia. If she doesn’t she has one of the blackest hearts around. Goldens are one of the best dogs you can ever have.

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