Elsa, a chow-mix, was found frozen to the ground February 17th. The 10-year-old dog was trapped after her lead was wrapped around her leg and the side of her body was frozen to the ground.
Marylou Rotrock heard Elsa making a lot of noise so she went to check on her inside William Childress' yard.
"I kept hearing (the dog), so I had to walk over there," Rotrock told FOX 2 last week. "And I'm not one that goes over on other people's property. Something told me I had to."
When she was found, she had bleeding paws and frostbitten ears while laying inches from a frozen bowl of water.
The dog was taken to Healthy Paws in Westland for treatment and thousands of dollars poured in to help.
Childress was initially cited but detectives took a further look at the case and decided to pursue felony charges of animal cruelty.
On Tuesday, two charges were filed against Childress: One for torture of an animal and one for abandoning/cruelty to two or three animals.