Two arrests made after dog tied to rock found in River Trent

Bella is on the road to recovery

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Two arrests have been made after a drowning dog tied to a large rock was pulled from the River Trent.

Nottinghamshire Police arrested a 32-year-old man and 31-year-old woman on suspicion of animal cruelty offences, after the Belgian Shepherd was found by a member of the public.

The pair have been released under investigation as police look into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the canine at 8.45am yesterday.

The dog named Bella - according to her 2010 microchip - was found with her lead tied to a carrier bag which contained the rock.

She is currently being cared for by a local vet and is recovering well, according to an RSPCA spokesperson.

Bella had been tied to a heavy rock

Inspector Heather Sutton from Nottinghamshire Police said there had been "overwhelming support" with the force's appeal for information.

“I would like to thank the public for their support, which has meant that we have a number of lines of enquiry that we will be following up as part of our continuing work to understand the circumstances surrounding this incident," she said.

“Animal cruelty investigations can often be very complex, so it’s important that we take our time to properly understand this case to ensure that the appropriate action is taken against whoever may be responsible and bring the offenders to justice.

“While we have made two arrests, I would continue to encourage anyone with any information to come forward to police as soon as possible.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 103 of 6 January.

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