Bella’s story touched the nation when she was rescued from the River Trent on a cold January morning in 2020. Tied to a boulder in a deliberate attempt to drown her, she was dumped in the middle of the night and left to perish. Bella was in our care here at the Radcliffe Animal Centre for 14 months while the case was under investigation with the National RSPCA. Sophie, Bella’s main carer for this time has been by her side through what can only be described as a remarkable recovery from the appalling suffering she endured. Not knowing whether Bella would overcome her trauma, with her age and underlying health conditions against her, she showed enviable strength and courage; fighting every day and not wanting to give up.
Over time, Sophie got to know all Bella’s little quirks, her cheeky demands and her mischievous naughty streak. Sophie says she took no nonsense from Bella but we all know Bella had her well trained to answer to her every whim!
Bella’s case concluded in court with the sentencing of her owner in March 2021, which enabled Bella to be rehomed. We couldn’t have wished for a more caring couple to welcome Bella into their lives. Both Maggie and Charlie are retired and, having owned a number of German Shepherds throughout their lives, we know Bella will be well looked after. She has already become a much-loved member of their family.
Watching Bella play in the sunshine is such a beautiful contrast to the cold bleak day when she first entered our care. Bella has been courageous throughout and truly is a very special dog who is most worthy of a SuperDog Survivor Award. She definitely deserves her place in the hearts of many across the world.