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As you can imagine there has been great interest in Bella’s progress.

Unfortunately, we cannot release any new photographs or information until after the court hearing.

The national RSPCA have released a statement regarding Bella which we are allowed to share with you and this statement is below.

“Bella, a German Shepherd-type dog, hit the headlines earlier this month after she was rescued from the river near Long Lane, Farndon, on January 6 when a passer-by saw her struggling.

Jane Harper had been walking her dog with a friend, Joanne Bellamy, when they spotted the dog in the River Trent. Jane managed to free Bella whose lead was attached to a carrier bag tied to a large rock under the water.

Bella, aged 10, whose named was recovered from her microchip registered in 2010, was immediately taken for emergency treatment at a local vets.

After a few days she was taken into RSPCA care and since then she has been looked after by staff at Radcliffe Animal Centre in Nottingham.

Ella Carpenter, centre manager at Radcliffe, said:

“Bella continues to do well in our care. She does have some medical issues which we are carefully monitoring.

She will remain in RSPCA care until we are happy her condition is stable, while at Radcliffe she can be monitored daily by our vets.

She is enjoying plenty of fuss and attention from staff who have really taken to her. Once we are happy with her progress we will place her in an appropriate foster home.

We have been inundated with good wishes and offers to re-home her. She is currently unavailable for re-homing but we would encourage people interested in adopting a dog to visit our web site where they can see all of the animals looking for homes  https://rspca-radcliffe.org.uk/rehome/

We have also had offers of donations to support the work we do with all animals at the centre and if anyone wants to offer help they can email the branch at info@rspca-radcliffe.org.uk

Nottinghamshire Police arrested a 31-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man on suspicion of animal cruelty offences hours after Bella was rescued from the river.

They have been released while the RSPCA continue their investigation.”


2019 was an extremely successful year for animal adoptions, we moved into our new Rehoming and Education centre and we opened our new vet suite to support our partnership with Nottingham University Vet School.

We are extremely grateful to RSPCA Nottingham and Notts Branch as well as the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development for funding for this project .

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development:  Europe investing in rural areas

Animal Welfare Education, Striving for a Kinder Nation

Our video below encapsulates the essence of what our animal centre is all about and what we are trying to achieve.

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