Bella the dog, who captured the hearts of the nation after being left to drown in River Trent at Farndon, sadly dies
The beautiful and brave Bella the dog who captured the hearts of the nation after she was saved from being drowned in the River Trent at Farndon has sadly died.
RSPCA Radcliffe Animal Centre, which cared for Bella after she was rescued, made the announcement on its Facebook page.
"It is with a heavy heart that we bring you the sad news of Bella’s passing," said RSPCA Radcliffe Animal Centre.
"Our beautiful and courageous friend was peaceful at home with her owners.
"We have been truly blessed in caring for her and proud to have been part of her story.
"We will be ever thankful to her owners Maggie and Charlie for welcoming her into their home our amazing team dedicated to her recovery and of course to Jane and Joanne her heroic rescuers.
"We will remember Bella as happy in her new home surrounded by love, kindness and respect. That is all we ever wanted for her and we are comforted that this is where she found peace and was finally able to let go.
"Love to you always Bella, you will never be forgotten."
Bella was rescued from the River Trent at Farndon in January last year when two dog walkers saw her struggling in the water after she was left to drown.
Her lead was tied to a large rock submerged in the water and she was taken for emergency vet treatment.
Bella, 11, after spending 15 months recovering from her ordeal, found her forever home with owners Maggie and Charlie in April this year. She was happy, settled in her new home and loving life.
Bella's life ended in a place filled with love, surrounded her carers.