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Suspects arrested in connection with the discovery of Bella the dog barely alive and weighted down in the River Trent at Farndon are released under investigation

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Two people arrested in connection with the discovery of a near-drowned dog in the River Trent have been released under investigation.

A multi-agency investigation into the circumstances surrounding the discovery continues.

Nottinghamshire Police responded to a report that a dog ­— a Belgian Shepherd believed to be called Bella ­— was hauled to safety by a brave member of the public after she was spotted in the River Trent at Farndon at around 8.45am on Monday.

Bella was found with a carrier bag containing a large rock tied to her lead.

Bella at the vets. (26143164)
Bella at the vets. (26143164)

She is now continuing to recover well as she is being cared for by a local vets and temporary accommodation is found for her.

Nottinghamshire Police immediately launched an investigation into the report and arrested a 32-year old man and 31-year old woman on suspicion of animal cruelty offences in connection with the incident later that day.

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.

Bella at the vets. (26143166)
Bella at the vets. (26143166)

“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.”

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 while groomers have offered her pampering sessions.

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