"It's got shelter, food and water. However, the type of shelter is questionable."
McDaniels did, however, persuade the owners to accept a doghouse built by concerned citizens. It arrived Wednesday.
"I spoke to the family and convinced them to accept an insulated, better quality shelter than what it currently has," he said. "Hopefully, that makes conditions more favorable for the animal."
Haas-Gray isn't so sure.
"It's not ideal," she said. "I still want to get her out of there. Baby steps."
There is no dog for all seasons. Just animals that are not only mentally isolated but, frequently, suffer in frozen silence.
Like Bella. Who presides over her patch of dirt at the end of a chain, her only companions, rain, sun, snow and bitter cold.
You can let New Providence mayor Lou Shafer know how you feel about Bella's plight by calling 515 899 7736. Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.