Police in Londonderry are checking CCTV footage after reports that a dog may have died after being thrown into the River Foyle.
A boat owner and another man tried to save the young golden Labrador after it was spotted in the freezing river on Monday night. The male dog was still alive when the rescuers pulled it from the Foyle near the city centre but died a short time later after suffering a seizure.
A woman walking along Queen’s Quay contacted the Rainbow Rehoming Centre after spotting the distressed animal shortly after 9pm.
Joanne Mullan, who took the call at the centre, said she suspected the dog may have been thrown into the water. “While we do not know how the dog entered the river I think it is unlikely it jumped in at such a steep height at the quay,” she said.
The dog was wearing a brown studded leather collar and efforts are being made to identify its owners. Police have confirmed they are checking CCTV images as part of their inquiries.