Nancy Bucciarelli was arrested on June 14. 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 the animal 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.”‘
.@MerrimackPD charge 66 y/o Nancy Bucciarelli with cruelty to animals; she’s accused of pushing her 11 y/o Golden Retriever off a dock at Naticook Lake and letting it drown. Police say witnesses tried to save the dog, but it was too late via @MikeCroninWMUR pic.twitter.com/M0sefN6iKR
— WMUR TV (@WMUR9) June 15, 2019
The dog drowned in 3.5 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.
Animal Cruelty in the United States
Fifty states across the United States have currently have laws that prevent cruelty against animals, however, if animals get tortured across state lines, there is little to protect them.
On Jan. 23, two Congressmen from Florida proposed a bipartisan bill that would make cruelty against animals a felony across the United States.
With the proposed bill, authorities will have federal jurisdiction to go after the culprits. They will also be able to prosecute those who engage in acts of cruelty on federal property.
According to the Humane Society, a non-profit dedicated to resolving animal welfare problems, the animals that are most often reported as abused are dogs, cats, horses and livestock.