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Woman sees agitation in the river, jumps in when she realises what's happening

A Nottinghamshire woman and man appeared in court last week on a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog after attempting to drown the animal in the Trent.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 03/12/2020, 21:00

Charlene Latham, 31, of Newark and an unnamed 32-year-old man appeared before Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on November 23rd this year.

Latham is accused of attempting to drown her 10-year-old Belgian Shepherd Bella by tying a rock to the dog’s lead and throwing her into the river.

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Latham pleaded guilty to the charge and will re-appear in court in March along with the man in his 30s who denies any involvement.

Brave rescue

Bella was rescued only after being spotted by a passer-by. The dog was seen struggling for breath in the freezing cold river Trent on the morning of January 6th this year.

The rescuer managed to wade into the water and carry the dog onto dry ground. Attached to its collar was a bin bag which contained a large boulder.

Police officers rushed Bella to a nearby vet’s practice.

Police intervention

Chief Superintendent Rob Griffin, of Nottinghamshire Police, told The Metro, “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.”

The police force will often willingly assist charities in the rescue and rehoming of animals.

If found guilty Latham could face up to five years in prison under new guidelines within this year’s Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill.