Dog found drowning in Farndon with rock tied to lead saved

A dog discovered drowning in a river with a carrier bag containing a heavy rock attached to her lead has been saved.

The Belgian shepherd was spotted in the River Trent and pulled to safety by a woman near Long Lane, Farndon, Nottinghamshire, at around 08:45 GMT. The dog, whose name was registered as Bella on her microchip in 2010, was taken to a vet where she is recovering.

Nottinghamshire Police have arrested a 31-year-old woman on suspicion of animal cruelty offences.

PC Adam Pace said: “Whilst the dog is still quite poorly she has been showing some encouraging signs by eating so hopefully she will be on the mend. “This was an evil and nasty thing to do to this poor dog. We are lucky that the kind member of the public found and rescued her.”

Although the dog’s name was recorded in 2010 as Bella, it’s believed she could now be identified by another name.

PC Pace appealed for anyone who had dash-cam or CCTV footage of vehicles in Long Lane to get in touch.

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