«My dog drowned in water» or «My dog was drowned in water»?

NothingIsImpossible

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Topic: «My dog drowned in water» or «My dog was drowned in water»?
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What is the difference in the meanings of this sentences? Please elaborate even if any usage is wrong.
 
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    American English
    My dog drowned. (Your dog drowned by himself/herself, perhaps with the help of nature, e.g. flash flood.)
    My dog was drowned. (Someone killed your dog by drowning it.)

    There is no need for "in water" – that's what "drowned" means.
     

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    American English
    True, but I figure if it's anything but water, it will probably be mentioned in the story, if not in the sentence itself. :)
     
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