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Couple charged with attempted drowning of Bella the Belgian Shepherd face arrest if fail to appear at next Nottingham Magistrates' Court hearing



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A couple charged in connection with the discovery of Bella the Belgian Shepherd found submerged up to her neck and weighted down in the cold waters of the River Trent will be arrested if they fail to appear before magistrates for their next hearing.

Bella, who was found by dog walkers at Farndon and dragged to safety, was near-drowned and has been cared for by the RSPCA, following a discovery that shocked the nation.

Nottingham Magistrates' Court.
Nottingham Magistrates' Court.

Leigh Johnson, 32, and Charlene Latham, 31, of Newark, but living in Ilfracombe in Devon, are jointly charged under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 of attempting to drown Bella.

The case against them was adjourned until July 7 in the afternoon.

A warrant will be issued for their arrest should they fail to attend Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.



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