A Belgian Shepherd named Bella nearly drowned when she was tossed into the Trent River in Nottinghamshire, England. If not for the woman who noticed her struggling to stay afloat and sprang to her feet to save her, she would not have survived. She owes her second life to this good samaritan who did not think twice about helping her.
The Nottinghamshire Police immediately arrived at the scene after the heroic woman called to report about the horrible incident. The officers noted that the poor dog nearly drowned because of the enormous rock that’s stuffed inside a carrier bag and tied to her leash. They believed that whoever did that had only one thing in mind—to leave the helpless animal to die.
The officers brought the poor dog to a local vet for urgent pet care. According to Nottinghamshire Police, although the dog still feels weak, she has been showing some encouraging signs such as eating soft food and being in good spirits. They later found out that her name is Bella because of the microchip implanted into her in 2010.
Animal cruelty has no place in England. Those who abuse animals are met with stricter punishments, such as up to five years of jail term. That’s why the Nottinghamshire Police investigated the case and hoped to find out who was responsible for this animal cruelty offense at the soonest possible time.
Since the sad incident took place, the police had arrested two suspects so far, a 32-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman. But the police and the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) continue to encourage the public for cooperation. They are asking those with further information to come forward or call the Nottinghamshire Police as soon as possible.
Watch Bella’s encouraging sign of recovery in the video below.
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
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