January 6, 2020 1.26 pm This story is over 48 months old

Dog thrown in river with heavy stone tied to its neck

Police have condemned the owner for trying to kill the dog in an ‘evil and nasty’ way

A dog was thrown into the River Trent with a heavy stone tied to its neck and left to die.

Newark Police condemned those responsible for trying to kill the Belgian Shepherd in an “evil and nasty” way on the morning of Monday, January 6.

A woman spotted the dog, whose name was registered as Bella in 2010, in Farndon in Newark at 8.45am and managed to drag her to safety.

The animal had a carrier bag tied to her lead with a large rock inside but is now being cared for by a local vet.

This was the stone tied to Bella’s neck. Photo: Newark Police

Officers investigating the crime have appealed for anyone who recognises the dog or saw anything suspicious in the area to come forward.

PC Pace said: “This was an evil and nasty thing to do to this poor dog and we are making every effort to find out who is responsible.

“If anyone has dash-cam or CCTV footage of vehicles in Long Lane that may show who was in the area at the time that would be really helpful.

She was rescued from the River Trent. Photo: Newark Police

“We are working with the RSPCA and are conducting microchip enquiries.

“Her name was recorded as Bella on her microchip but it is possible she may be known by another name if her owner has changed since then.”

Anyone who can help the police with the investigating has been urged to call 101 and quote incident number 103 of January 6.