Bella the senior Belgian Shepherd was found and rescued from the waters of the Trent River in Nottingham, England, after someone tied her to a heavy rock and dumped her.
She was spotted by a Good Samaritan who saw her struggling to stay afloat, and she immediately called the Nottingham Police.
The dog was rushed to a local vet where she could be treated and allowed to recover. She’ll soon go on to a foster home and then be put up for adoption when ready.
An investigation has been launched, and the police and working alongside the RSPCA to conduct microchip inquiries to see if her owner changed since getting the tag back in 2010.
An arrest has been made on suspicion of animal cruelty, but they’re continuing to gather more information.
“This was an evil and nasty thing to do to this poor dog and we are making every effort to find out who is responsible,” PC Adam Pace, from Nottinghamshire Police said. “We are lucky that the kind member of the public found and rescued her.”
UPDATE: Woman arrested after dog found drowning in River TrentA 31-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty offences after a dog was found drowning in the River Trent this morning.The Belgian Shepherd, whose registered microchip name is Bella, was spotted in the water and dragged to safety by a woman near Long Lane, Farndon, at around 8.45am today (Monday 6 January). She had a carrier bag containing a large rock tied to her lead when she was found.The dog is now recovering at a local vet and has been eating.PC Adam Pace, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Whilst we have made an arrest we are still appealing for information about the circumstances of the incident, including how many people were involved. "We are lucky that the kind member of the public found and rescued her. Whilst the dog is still quite poorly she has been showing some encouraging signs by eating so hopefully she will be on the mend. "If you saw anything, or have CCTV or dash-cam footage in the area, please get in touch on 101, quoting incident number 103 of 6 January 2020."* Please be aware this is now an active police investigation and people must be careful what they post online as anything that reveals details of the investigation or those involved could be in contempt of court and it could be harmful to the investigation.
Posted by Nottinghamshire Police on Monday, January 6, 2020
The police are asking the public for any and all information they may have, but we’re happy Bella is safe and sound now and going forward in life.