Bella

Survivor Finalist

Bella

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.

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Claire Simpson
Claire Simpson
2 days ago

Saw this in the media at the time and was so grateful to the ladies who saved this beautiful girl. Only realised very recently one is a lovely friend! Shows heroes don’t blow their own trumpets.

Jackie fischl
Jackie fischl
2 days ago

It’s a wonderful story especially the two lady’s who pulled her out of the water ,and got her help Joanne Bellamy. Being one of them

Jane Harper
Jane Harper
3 days ago

Bella is one incredibly brave and resilient dog. It was early one very cold morning in Jan 2020 when my friend Jo spotted what we thought was an old hat in the river. We found Bella.. Jo saw her eyes move and I immediately went down to her. I tried to pull her out and realised she had been tied by her lead to something further out in the river. Her head was stretched as far as possible just resting on the bottom step. The lead was so tight, another inch of river water and she could not have survived. I got beside her and managed to pull her out of the freezing cold river and lift her onto the step. Her coat was so heavy as it was full of water and Jo called friends who lifted her onto the top of the bank. The local policeman was straight on the scene and took her to the vets. None of us thought she would make it, but she did. The vets and the RSPCA were amazing and nursed her back to life. She is so lucky to have found Maggie and Charlie who are just wonderful. She so deserves to see out the rest of her life in comfort and being truly loved.

Susi
Susi
3 days ago

This beautiful girl deserves to win. Such intelligence and courage.

Linda Russell
Linda Russell
3 days ago

Love a happy ending, and Bella deserves the best life ever, so happy she has found a loving home.

Laura Brown
Laura Brown
4 days ago

Bella you were Local to me, my heart broke when i heard what happened to you! I cried happy tears when i found out you had your happy ending. I am so sorry you experienced what you did but you’re still here and now with a loving family. You’re a warrior, now enjoy the good life gorgeous girl.

susi
susi
3 days ago
Reply to  Laura Brown

Yes I live locally too. Such an intelligent dog and has found a loving home too.

Maggie Mellish
Maggie Mellish
3 days ago
Reply to  susi

Can you tell me anything about her past. ?

Alex Cousins
Alex Cousins
4 days ago

After all that she has been through, it’s astonishing that Bella remains so loving and trusting of humans. From the warm greeting she gave me when I first met her, to her love of a tickle under her chin, I’ve been left in no doubt of what a truly remarkable dog she is, against all odds. 🥰

Ailsa Weaver
Ailsa Weaver
4 days ago

An amazing dog. She seems to be loving life with my brother and his beloved and in turn they are loving having her company. She never leaves their sides: she has found her forever home.

Carol Boughton
Carol Boughton
4 days ago

Bella after everything you’ve been through you still trust. Darling girl now you can live your best life ❤️

Charlie Douglas
Charlie Douglas
4 days ago

Bella came to us after a long period of care and love from Ratcliffe Animal Sanctuary. She has settled with us beautifully. Considering she had been thrown in to a river late in the evening, in freezing conditions and at her age she can only be described as a survivor. She is lovely.

Wendy W
Wendy W
4 days ago

What a true survivor Bella is after the awful ordeal she went through. Bella and her loving new family truly deserve to win.

Brenda Ellis
Brenda Ellis
4 days ago

The cruelty of some humans v the love of many dog lovers who rescued her and gave her a life back. Well done to everyone.

Clare Lusher
4 days ago

As a member of the family who adopted Bella into our home, I can honestly say this girl is a a true survivor. When she arrived she was scared and thin, weak and unsure of EVERYTHING. But the fire was in her eyes – she still loved life and wasn’t about to let it go. The RSPCA Radcliffe did a great job of healing her physically and building her strength up after her ordeal. Since she arrived home with us she has grown strong and happy, always ready for a short stroll in the garden or a play with her ball, always happy to entertain the idea of a special food treat, always wagging her tail at new visitors – yet often quiet and with a little far away look in her eyes. In the few months we have had together since she was released for adoption, she has taught me how despite awful treatment by humans who should have protected her and looked after her and instead tried to drown her, she is still always ready for a new adventure or experience, despite often physically showing signs of fear or being unsure, and she is the most friendly dog with every new person she meets. She loves life! She holds no grudges and fights to live her best life every single day, even on those quiet, sad days. She is a lesson to me and to all of us in how to survive and thrive after such awful experiences.

Dave
Dave
4 days ago

I’ve had the privilege of meeting Bella a number of times, she’s such a gentle and lovely soul. She couldn’t be with finer people, it’s so nice to see her happy and loved.

Anne Shepherd
Anne Shepherd
4 days ago

It is amazing story about amazing dog who has a wonderful spirit. Bella is one in a million and wish her all the best for the rest of her life

Hope wright
Hope wright
4 days ago

Wow Bella! You really took my breath away with your story!! No dog should have to go through that 🙁 I wish you the best of luck! GO BELLA!!!!!!!!!!!

Anna Wright
Anna Wright
4 days ago

Well done Bella- a true survivor! So happy to see you’ve found your happy ending – us humans could learn a thing or two from you, a true inspiration!

Virginia Morrison
Virginia Morrison
5 days ago

Am amazing story of survival against the odds with a happy ending. Deserves to win as she has survived against all the odds

Banjo
Banjo
5 days ago

Well done Bella! What an extraordinary dog you are – an example to us all to never give up! Good luck for the SuperDog Award Finals – you deserve the recognition!

Jacquie Fallon
Jacquie Fallon
6 days ago

I am an experienced dog sitter with extensive experience of owning and working with rescue dogs, and have had dogs all my life. I also visit NZ, where I support my friends in NZ, who have fostered rescue pets for many years.
I have not come across a dog of Bella’s vintage, who has bounced back perfectly from the traumatic experiences she has suffered. She has such a good heart and her strong spirit is admirable. She is a wonderful dog, who has settled into her new life with Maggie and Charlie bringing a lot of love and happiness. She is always bright eyed and has a glossy coat. Each time she greets you, it gives you a good feeling inside. Bella is a true survivor, and a beautiful soul who enjoys people and life. She deserves to be acknowledged for her pure tenacity and determination.

Lynne Williams
Lynne Williams
6 days ago

Bella after all you have been through you touch my heart with your smile. You must know that now you are living with the most loving and kind family. Bless you, I wish you well all the way.

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