Cruel woman who tried to drown pet dog by tying lead to large rock avoids jail
A woman from Nottingham has escaped jail after pleading guilty to trying to drown her dog.
Charlene Latham, 32, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court on Monday 8, where she admitted to causing unnecessary suffering to her 11-year-old Belgian Shepherd, Bella.
Bella had been found in the River Trent on 6 January last year by passerby Jane Harper, who bravely leapt into the water in Farndon, Nottinghamshire.
The court heard how investigators were later able to trace Latham as the dog's owner after vets scanned her microchip during treatment.
A vet who examined Bella after she was rescued said that, if she hadn't received treatment when she did, then she would certainly have died.
She said: "Bella was in a suffering state when presented to me on January 6.
"This is because she was severely hypoglycemic, hypothermic and tremoring to the point where she could not stand.
"If she had not been treated at this stage it is likely she would have died."
According to NottinghamshireLive, Latham had initially told police she'd got home from taking her partner to the doctors when she looked in the back garden and realised her dog wasn't there.
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But the court heard how she had lied, and she went on to plead guilty – saying she had failed to take reasonable steps to prevent her partner at the time of causing unnecessary suffering to Bella when he attempted to drown the dog in her presence.
Latham who is formerly of Newark, Nottinghamshire, but now lives in Ilfracombe, Devon – said that she drove her partner and Bella to the river, but did not know her partner was going to drown Bella.
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She said she pleaded with him to stop, but he refused, later claiming she was put under a lot of pressure by her partner and she had panicked when the police arrived.
The partner, now an ex, pleaded not guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal on 23 November last year. No evidence was offered against him, and the charged was dismissed.
Harry Bowyer, prosecuting, said: "The prosecution would say, even on the basis of plea, this is someone who actually left the dog in the river and did not seek any attempt to get it help and then lied when police came round the next morning."
Latham was spared prison after being handed a 12-month community order. She also fined £80 and ordered to pay £200 costs and a £32 victim surcharge, and has been disqualified from keeping dogs for three years.
Bella is now at Radcliffe Animal Centre and will soon be looking for a more loving home following her incredible recovery.
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