Woman who saved Bella the Belgian Shepherd dog from drowning pictured

The woman who saved the Belgian Shepherd dog Bella after she was cruelly left to drown in the River Trent has been named as Jane Harper.

Photos of Bella's rescue, posted by Facebook user Maxine Hird, who said: "Can I just state I'm not the wonderful lady who found Bella the Belgian Shepherd it was a lovely lady called Jane Harper."

The sweet pup had been dumped in the fast-flowing river with a huge stone tied to her lead in a carrier bag and would have drowned but for Jane’s quick and selfless action.

PC Adam Pace, from Nottinghamshire Police, said at the time: "She has seen this dog in distress and with other dog walkers managed to pull the dog and the rock out.

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PC Pace continued: "Police were called and told 'we have rescued this dog on the Trent and we need to some help.' We went out really quickly and got there in 15 minutes.

"The dog was on the side of the embankment wrapped in towels. We took the dog to the vets in our van. This poor little thing. The dog is getting better. She is okay and still at the vet's.

"She has been eating and we will update the public on her welfare. We are lucky that the kind member of the public found and rescued her.

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PC Pace said police launched an enquiry as soon as they heard about the heartless act.

"There is someone out there that was a danger to this dog and we are keen to get hold of the person who did this as soon as possible."

"It is a dog walking track and someone will have seen something. We deal with animal cruelty occasionally but this is deliberate and horrible.

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Uniformed officers carried out door-to-door inquiries, reviewed CCTV footage from cameras overlooking the spot where Bella was found, and extracted information from Bella’s microchip.

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Nottinghamshire Police say they have now arrested a 32-year old man and 31-year old woman on suspicion of animal cruelty offences in connection with the incident.

Inspector Heather Sutton, Nottinghamshire Police’s neighbourhood policing inspector for the Newark area, said: “While we have made two arrests, I would continue to encourage anyone with any information to come forward to police as soon as possible.”

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