Woman jumps into freezing cold river to rescue drowning dog with rock tied to her leash

It’s shocking the lengths people go to in order to free themselves of their pet, the level of cruelty is heartbreaking.

But for every shocking act against a defenseless animal there is an animal hero ready to rescue and help them.

One sweet dog was on the receiving end of a barbaric act of cruelty when her leash was tied to a rock and she was thrown into a freezing river in Nottingham, England.

The moment a hero passer-by rescued Bella the dog from a river after jumping in to save her when she saw her owner tie…

Posted by The Good Vet and Pet Guide on Saturday, November 28, 2020

Passerby Jane Harper was out walking in the area on the morning of January 6 this year with her friend when they noticed the head of a dog bobbing in the water.

Jane didn’t hesitate and jumped into the freezing river to rescue Bella the Belgian Shepherd.

Brave Jane said she struggled to get the dog out the rock was so heavy.

“The water was so murky, I couldn’t pull her out. I saw a leash wrapped around her leg, and a blue line that was leading down to something submerged.  I got my arm underneath her and tried to lift her up,” Jane said, as per the Daily Mail newspaper.

“I imagine she literally fought to get her head above water and managed to rest it on a step.

“How could anyone do this to her? I don’t know how long she had been in the water but I don’t think she could have survived much longer. It was just so cruel.”

Bella the dog update: Investigation continues following River Trent rescueTwo people arrested in connection with a…

Posted by Nottinghamshire Police on Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Police were called and took the 10-year-old dog to the nearest veterinary clinic where she was checked over and found to be in good health. The vet found she was microchipped and her owners were traced.

Charlene Latham, 31, appeared in court and admitted attempting to drown a dog. She was released on bail until her next court appearance on March 8, 2021 along with a 32-year-old man who denied the same charge.

Chief Superintendent Rob Griffin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a highly emotive incident that was understandably very shocking to the public.

“Thankfully Bella is reported to be doing well and is in very good hands.”

UPDATE: Woman arrested after dog found drowning in River TrentA 31-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of…

Posted by Nottinghamshire Police on Monday, January 6, 2020

Such a shocking case and I’m glad two people have been charged in connection with this despicable act of animal cruelty.

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