Woman arrested after dog found drowning in Nottinghamshire river

A 31-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty offences after a dog was found tied to a heavy rock and thrown into a Nottinghamshire river.

Monday, 6th January 2020, 6:03 pm
Updated Monday, 6th January 2020, 6:03 pm

The Belgian Shepherd, whose registered microchip name is Bella, was spotted struggling in the River Trent before being rescued by a woman near Long Lane, Farndon at around 8.45am on Monday (January 6).

In a statement, Nottinghamshire Police said: “A 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 dog is now recovering at a local vet and has been eating.”

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The dog, who had been tied to a heavy rock, was spotted in the water by a horrified passer-by.

RSPCA Nottingham also confirmed the arrest, saying: "An arrest has been made in connection with this horrendous incident.

"We are so glad Bella was found in time."

The poor dog had a carrier bag containing a large rock tied to her lead when she was found.

She has been taken by Nottinghamshire Police to a local vet where she is now receiving care.

Describing the act as "evil and nasty", PC Adam Pace of Nottinghamshire Police said they are making every effort to find out who is responsible.

The force is working with the RSPCA and are conducting microchip enquiries.

The dog's name was recorded in 2010 as Bella on her microchip but it is possible she may be known by another name if her owner has changed since then.

If anyone recognises her and known who owns her call 101, quoting incident number 103 of January 6.