A woman admitted she attempted to drown a dog after it was found in a river being dragged down by a huge rock tied to its lead.

10-year-old Belgian Shepherd Bella was found up to her neck in freezing water in the River Trent, Nottingham, on January 6 this year.

She was spotted by a passerby who bravely leapt into the water at around 8.45am and saved her.

When Bella was pulled from the water, a carrier bag containing a rock was found attached to her lead.

Police officers rushed the dog to a local vet where she was nursed back to health.

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Charlene Latham, 31, of Newark, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on November 23.

She was released on bail until her next court appearance on March 8, 2021 along with a 32-year-old man who denied the same charge.

Chief Superintendent Rob Griffin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘This was a highly emotive incident that was understandably very shocking to the public.

‘Thankfully Bella is reported to be doing well and is in very good hands.

‘Animal cruelty is totally unacceptable and we will always support our colleagues in the RSPCA in whatever we can in their investigations.’

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