MERRIMACK, New Hampshire (CBS) — A New Hampshire woman is facing charges after witnesses told police she let her dog drown at Naticook Lake in Merrimack.

On June 8 at 7:30 p.m., Nancy Bucciarelli, 66, “pushed her 11 year old Golden Retriever from a dock into the lake where it struggled to swim and eventually drowned,” according to police.

Bucciarelli allegedly made no effort to help the dog, who witnesses described as “old and easily winded while walking around prior to the drowning.”

Nancy Bucciarelli (Photo Courtesy: Merrimack Police)

Police said the drowning took place in 3.5 feet of water that was 74 degrees.

Others in the area attempted to help the dog but at that point, it was too late.

A warrant was drafted for Bucciarelli and she surrendered herself to police. She will be charged with cruelty to an animal and is expected to appear in court on June 27.

Comments (5)
  1. Josie Albert says:

    What is wrong with people! Drop the poor dog off at at a shelter if you don’t want him anymore.

  2. It will be soon her turn to need geriatric care…and i hope she receives the same treatment.

  3. Can any of her neighbors push her off a dock and watch her drown?!?

  4. Carla Rove says:

    Lady, you are sick.

  5. Nancy P Alemany says:

    What if the social media storm is WRONG? What if the story that is being told is a lie to get publicity? We only know what the people who “reported” the story to the news media said. THINK about how many stories we have heard over the last 10 years that turned out to be patently false? The ratings have certainly gone up for EVERY news service that has participated spreading this “alleged” crime. What if Bucciarelli REALLY WAS trying to save the dog who slipped off the dock instead of being pushed off the dock as the witnesses supposedly claim? What if the court of public opinion was WRONG… again????? NO ONE has heard a statement from Bucciarelli….we have only heard the “supposed witnesses” story. Witnesses who may have made up details so they could get their 15 minutes of fame. They have their reward.