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Bella the Belgian Shepherd who was left to drown in River Trent at Farndon has been taken into care of RSPCA




A dog that was left to drown in the River Trent at Farndon has been taken into the care of the RSPCA.

Bella, the Belgian Shepherd, who was found near death weighted down with a carrier bag containing a large rock tied to her lead, is said to be responding well to veterinary treatment and was handed over to the charity by Nottinghamshire Police.

Officers responded to a report of a dog ­hauled to safety by a brave member of the public, Jane Harper, after she was spotted in the water on Monday at around 8.45am.

Bella at the vets. (26151513)
Bella at the vets. (26151513)

A 32-year-old man and 31-year-old woman have been released under investigation after they were arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty offences.

An RSPCA spokesperson said: “Bella, the dog who was rescued from the River Trent in Farndon, is responding well to veterinary treatment and will now be taken into the care of the RSPCA.

“We have been inundated with good wishes and offers to re-home her. She is currently unavailable for re-homing but we would encourage people interested in adopting a dog to visit our Find A Pet page where there are hundreds of dogs looking for homes.

Bella at the vets. (26151516)
Bella at the vets. (26151516)

“You can search by your location and the type of dog you are looking for as well as sign up for email updates when new dogs become available for rehoming.

“We would like to thank members of the public for their help in this investigation and our inquiries are continuing.”

The investigation into what happened continues.

Inspector Heather Sutton, Nottinghamshire Police’s neighbourhood policing inspector for the Newark area, said: “Britain is undoubtedly a nation of animal lovers, which has been demonstrated by the overwhelming support we have received from members of the public to help Bella and assist our officers with their investigation into this particularly sad case.

The rock that was used to weight Bella down. (26151519)
The rock that was used to weight Bella down. (26151519)

“I would like to thank the public for their support, which has meant that we have a number of lines of enquiry that we will be following up as part of our continuing work to understand the circumstances surrounding this incident.

“Animal cruelty investigations can often be very complex, so it’s important that we take our time to properly understand this case to ensure that the appropriate action is taken against whoever may be responsible and bring the offenders to justice.

“While we have made two arrests, I would continue to encourage anyone with any information to come forward to police as soon as possible.”

Jane Harper pulls Bella from the river. (26151528)
Jane Harper pulls Bella from the river. (26151528)

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has any information, is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 103 of January 6.

Countless people have expressed concern for Bella online and have offered donations of treats.

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