Haas-Gray is skeptical. Her organization offered the family $500 for the dog recently - an overture, she says, that was rejected.
Dogs in New Providence, like in many cities, could benefit mightily from anti-tethering laws adopted in other cities like Tucson, Arizona, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, that limit or ban tying dogs outside.
"We've taken that to city council," Haas-Gray explains. "That was one of the steps we tried to take. And after several meetings, they literally threw us out and told us not to come back."
At the very least, New Providence could consider vital cold-weather legislation, like a law in Montgomery County, Maryland, that outlaws leaving dogs outside during extreme cold weather.
But for now, amid the icy apex of winter, perhaps we might just be grateful that Ice Station Bella is unoccupied.
Bella isn't alone out there. In Iowa, Haas-Gray sees countless dogs at the end of leashes amid harrowing weather.
"She's caught everyone's attention and that's great," she says of Bella. "But she's not the only one."