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New Hampshire woman 'pushed her 11-year-old Golden Retriever into a lake and watched him drown'

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New Hampshire woman, 66, is charged with animal cruelty ‘after pushing her 11-year-old Golden Retriever into a lake and watching him drown’

  • Nancy Bucciarelli, 66, was charged with animal cruelty on Friday in relation to the death of her Golden Retriever, Bailey
  • Witnesses allege Bucciarelli pushed her 11-year-old dog off a jetty at Naticook Lake in New Hampshire on June 8 before she watched him drown
  • The accused has now been subjected to hateful comments on her Facebook page
  • Bucciarelli is due to appear in court on June 27 to face the charge 

Nancy Bucciarelli, 66, was charged with animal cruelty on Friday in relation to the death of her Golden Retriever, Bailey

Nancy Bucciarelli, 66, was charged with animal cruelty on Friday in relation to the death of her Golden Retriever, Bailey

A New Hampshire woman has been arrested after she allegedly pushed her Golden Retriever into a lake and watched him drown. 

Nancy Bucciarelli, 66, was charged Friday with animal cruelty pertaining to the horrific incident which occurred on June 8. 

Police say Bucciarelli was with her 11-year-old dog, Bailey, at Naticook Lake when she launched him off a dock into three feet of water. 

The incident was witnessed by several bystanders, who claim that the woman watched as the elderly canine struggled to swim.

He eventually drowned in the shallow water.  

Officers were called to the scene, and recovered Bailey’s body, before theorizing that Bucciarelli had indeed pushed the pooch into the lake. 

‘It is a sad story. It’s unconscionable to think what this defendant is charged with,’Merrimack police Chief Denise Roy told WMUR9.

Bucciarelli is pictured with Bailey in a photo shared to Facebook in December 2014

Bucciarelli is pictured with Bailey in a photo shared to Facebook in December 2014

Witnesses allege Bucciarelli pushed Bailey off this dock at Naticook Lake in New Hampshire

Witnesses allege Bucciarelli pushed Bailey off this dock at Naticook Lake in New Hampshire

‘The witnesses actually are the ones who jumped into the water to find the dog under the water and pull the dog out. They made every attempt to revive the dog, but unfortunately the dog did die’.

Bucciarelli’s Facebook page features several photos of Bailey appearing loved and well cared for. 

One image, shared in December 2014, shows Bucciarelli with her arms around the Golden Retriever. 

However, the accused has now been inundated with hateful comments on her Facebook page.

Bucciarelli's Facebook page features several photos of Bailey appearing loved and well cared for

Bucciarelli’s Facebook page features several photos of Bailey appearing loved and well cared for

Chief Roy pleaded with the public not to join in on the cyber attacks against Bucciarelli.

‘She’s charged with a horrific crime; however, this doesn’t help. This actually feeds into it and makes it worse, and it really stops the process from happening effectively,’ Roy stated. 

Bucciaelli is due to appear in court on June 27.  

Bucciarelli has been subjected to hateful comments on Facebook. She is pictured at right

Bucciarelli has been subjected to hateful comments on Facebook. She is pictured at right

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