A ten-year-old dog who was left frozen to her garage floor “for days” has miraculously survived – and the police are pursuing cruelty charges against the owner who left her.
The Daily Mail reported today that two freezing dogs in Ecorse, Michigan were found by a neighbor on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 17. Neighbor Marylou Rotrock heard a dog whimpering and called the authorities. It took more than half an hour to free one of the dogs, a senior Chow, from her frozen prison.
The Chow, now dubbed “Elsa” after the character from the movie “Frozen,” was “incoherent” at the time of her rescue – her ears were frostbitten, her paws were bleeding, and she was weak and dehydrated.
While news reports also stated that a young pit bull was rescued, the condition of this dog has not been reported. According to police, a water bowl was only inches away from Elsa – but it, too, was frozen. Temperatures had reached -10F in Elsa’s city – and it’s a miracle that she even survived.
Patricia Trevino of River Rouge Animal Shelter stated:
It took about a half an hour to get her unfrozen from the ground. They had to pour warm water on her. Her two legs were frozen. The side of her face and her side, she was literally lying frozen to the ground. The dog was incoherent, was not responsive. She didn’t start crying until the water was poured on her.”
The News Herald reported on Thursday that Elsa and a young male pit bull were found on Tuesday morning in the 4000 block of 9th St. after Rotrock called the department to report the abandoned dogs.
According to Chief Michael Moore of Ecorse Public Safety, the department will be pursuing felony charges against the resident who owned the dogs.
Meanwhile, Elsa continues to recover. Healthy Paws employees stated that a wire leash had been wrapped so tightly around her back right paw that it created painful lesions. The leash, which was also wrapped around an object in the yard, had prevented her from moving.
“Her feet are literally bleeding tonight when she walks because they were frozen. They were a block of ice. The toes were frozen together,” Trevino stated earlier this week. “We’re hoping she will make it. She’s not out of the woods by any means, and she may lose a leg or two.”
According to Elsa’s owner, the senior dog was placed in the garage at 5:00 a.m. and he “did not realize how cold it was.” But the dog was allegedly left in the freezing garage for days, and not hours, and officials are currently investigating.
Neighbor Marylou Rotrock disputes the account of Elsa’s owner – and stated that her owner had, in fact, been gone for days, leaving the senior dog to fend for herself.
Rotrock stated: “I kept hearing [her], so I had to walk over there. And I’m not one that goes over on other people’s property. Something told me I had to.”
The kind neighbor was horrified when she found the frozen dog. “Her body was frozen to the ground,” she recalled. “There was no food in the bowl and some of the excrement had plastic bag pieces in it.”
You can help Elsa continue to recover by donating to her recovery fund. To donate, contact Healthy Paws at (734) 326-7297.
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