Belgian Shepherd Bella was found up to her neck in water in the River Trent after having a carrier bag containing the rock tethered to her leash on January 6 last year.
She was saved by a heroic passer-by who bravely leapt into the water near Long Lane in Farndon, Nottinghamshire, to rescue the drowning pooch.
Police took the dog to a local vet where she received emergency treatment and she went on to make a remarkable recovery in the care of the RSPCA.
After 15 months of rehabilitation, the 11-year-old dog has now found a new home in South Derbyshire with Maggie Mellish and Charlie Douglas.
The couple are described as a ‘perfect match’ for Bella as they have owned Shepherd-type dogs before and have the time to give her the attention she needs.
Maggie, 79, said: “We are both retired so she will have our company constantly which is what she really needs and it will be great for us too.”
Charlie, 70, added: “We were horrified by what happened to Bella and when we came to see her we realised what a great personality she…