Dog that survived cruel drowning attempt dies just months after being adopted

A German Shepherd dog named Bella, who was almost drowned after her cruel owner tied a 5st rock to her and hurled her in a river, has died just months after finding her forever home.

Bella was dragged to safety by passer-by Jane Harper who spotted the pooch struggling in the River Trent on January 6 last year.

In April this year the 11-year-old pooch was adopted by Maggie Mellish and Charlie Douglas in Nottingham.

Bella even won the SuperDog Survivor Award – a newly-launched national initiative that recognises and celebrates exceptional pets.

But tragically, Bella died last week when she was put to sleep following “long term health conditions”.

In a Facebook post, RSPCA Radcliffe Animal Centre, where Bella had been looked after her ordeal, said: "It is with a heavy heart that we bring you the sad news of Bella’s passing.

"Our beautiful and courageous friend was peaceful at home with her owners.

"We have been truly blessed in caring for her and proud to have been part of her story."

"We will be ever thankful to her owners Maggie and Charlie for welcoming her into their home our amazing team dedicated to her recovery and of course to Jane and Joanne her heroic rescuers.

“We are truly blessed to have cared for her and we are proud to have been part of her story.

"We will remember Bella as happy in her new home surrounded by love, kindness and respect."

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"That is all we ever wanted for her and we are comforted that this is where she found peace and was finally able to let go," they added. "Love to you always Bella, you will never be forgotten."

Bella’s previous owner Charlene Latham, 32, who tried to drown Bella by chucking her into the water was fined £80 in March this year.

She had stuffed the heavy rock in a carrier bag and tied the handles to her lead.

She then threw the dog and the rock into the water in Farndon, Notts., before fleeing the scene.

Passerby Jane Harper was walking along the river bank when she heard a loud splash.

She dashed to see what had happened and watched in horror as Bella began to disappear under the water.

Dramatic pictures show Jane dragging Bella to safety before calling police who rushed the frozen pooch to the vets.

Latham was arrested after Bella’s microchip identified her as her owner and she admitted causing unnecessary suffering to animal.

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