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Bella the Belgian Shepherd rescued from the River Trent at Farndon still in need of 'regular' veterinary treatment at RSPCA Radcliffe Animal Centre to treat medical issues

Bella the Belgian Shepherd is still in need of 'regular' vet care to treat her medical issues, the RSPCA has revealed.

The animal charity said Bella was responding well to medical treatment after she was rescued from the River Trent at Farndon on January 6 when a dog walker saw her struggling.

Jane Harper was walking with a friend and managed to free the dog whose lead was attached to a carrier bag tied to a large rock under the water.

Brave Bella the Belgian Shepherd recovering at the Radcliffe Animal Centre. (28212207)
Brave Bella the Belgian Shepherd recovering at the Radcliffe Animal Centre. (28212207)

Bella, aged 10, whose name was recovered from her microchip registered in 2010, was immediately taken for emergency treatment at a local vets.

After a few days she was taken into RSPCA care and, since then, she has been looked after by staff at the Radcliffe Animal Centre.

Ella Carpenter, centre manager at Radcliffe, said: “Bella continues to do well in our care. She does have some medical issues which we are carefully monitoring.

“She will remain in RSPCA care until we are happy her condition is stable, while at Radcliffe she can be monitored daily by our vets.

“She is enjoying plenty of fuss and attention from staff who have really taken to her. Once we are happy with her progress we will place her in an appropriate foster home.

“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.

“We have also had offers of donations to support the work we do with all animals at the centre and if anyone wants to offer help they can email the animal centre at info@rspca-radcliffe.org.uk”

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

Nottinghamshire Police arrested a 31-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man on suspicion of animal cruelty offences hours after Bella was pulled from the river.

They have been released while the RSPCA continue their investigation.


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