Waterboro woman charged after allegedly killing neighbor’s dog

Posted March 28, 2013, at 8:46 a.m.

WATERBORO, Maine — A Waterboro woman is facing a felony charge after she shot and killed a neighbor’s dog on Wednesday morning, police said.

Nancy Clough, whose age wasn’t available, called police Wednesday to report she had killed her neighbor’s 4-year-old bull mastiff in her yard, York County Chief Deputy Bill King said Thursday.

Clough stated that the dog was acting aggressively toward her, King said, and that she has encountered the animal being aggressive in the past. She claimed to have called Waterboro authorities in previous incidents, but received no resolution.

Wednesday morning, Clough observed the dog running without a leash on snowmobile tracks in her backyard, King said. She went back inside her home, loaded a rifle, went back outside and shot the dog in the back. Clough shot the animal a second time upon realizing it was still alive, mortally wounding the animal.

Clough was not arrested but was summoned for aggravated cruelty to animals, a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison. She is scheduled to be arraigned on May 8.

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