A dog – Belgian Shepherd was saved after heavy rock tied to its foot was as large as its body size. The dog probably had to brace itself for hours under the cold water to take your mouth out of the water from the river.
Jane Harper is walking on the street with a friend when she suddenly sees something rising from the surface of the Trent River in Farndon, Nottinghamshire, England. After realizing that what was diving on the surface of the water was the head of a dog, with no thought to her own safety, Jane, dived into the river and tried to lift the dog out, but couldn’t.
Jane added: ‘The water was so murky, I couldn’t pull her out. I saw a lead 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.’
Bella had a carrier bag containing a large rock attached to her lead and is now recovering in the care of vets.
Jane added: ‘I imagine she literally fought to get her head above water and managed to rest it on a step,’ said Jane.
After taking the dog ashore, Jane realized that the heavy object attached to its foot was a fairly large rock. The animal almost lost consciousness now. At first, Jane thought it was dead until the poor animal tried to blink.
‘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.’
Pc Adam Pace, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘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 January 6, 2020.’
Pc Pace previously said that while the dog was recorded as Bella on her microchip in 2010, her name may have been changed since then.
Bella is currently in a fairly weak state, however, it has also shown some more positive signs such as having been eating and receiving treatment.