AN abandoned dog who endured more than two days stuck in a river is recovering at Foredowne Kennels.
The bull terrier lurcher cross, renamed River, was found injured by a worried couple who thought they heard whimpering for days but could not find where it was coming from.
The dog, thought to be about one year old, was discovered in the River Exe near Mill Lane, Exeter, on September 26.
Jo Jones, kennel manager at the Kingskerswell kennels, said: "They heard some whimpering a couple of nights in a row and could not locate him.
"It was only when it was light that they saw him in the river and one of them waded in to get him."
River was found with a gash on his back leg and cuts and bruises along his back.
"We don't know what happened but it is highly unlikely that he got in there of his own accord.
"It is likely someone tried to dump him and he could have got injured as he tried to save himself."
It is thought that he was stranded on higher ground in the middle of the river.
He is currently being cared for at Foredowne and the Stray Dogs' Sanctuary is paying for his care and vets bills.
Jo said: "He is gorgeous, so well tempered, lovely around people and other dogs. He just wants to be loved."
To help, contact Foredowne on 01803 872260.