Dog Left Behind By Her Family Hangs Out With Firefighters All Day Now

“As soon as he entered the fire station, he wagged his tail, licked and greeted everyone.”

Ashley’s previous owners barely fed her, barely took her outside and eventually abandoned her. Luckily, Erica Mahnken, co-founder of No More Pain Rescue, and her fiancé, Michael Favor, rescued the one-year-old pit bull in January 2017.

“Someone told us that there was a couple living in an abandoned house. They had no heating or electricity and they had a dog. “Right after the rescue,” Mahnken told The Dodo. The couple probably left when it snowed. “I think they went looking for a warm place to stay and left the dog behind,” Mahnken speculated. “So as soon as we got the phone call, we ran to get her.”

Favor ordered Mahnken to stay in the car, and he went inside to look for the dog. He would later tell Mahnken how terrible it was. “There was no electricity in the house – it was freezing cold,” Mahnken said. “She had no food or drink. The house was ruined. The windows were broken and feces were scattered everywhere. »

Ashley, on the other hand, was undamaged and seemed to be the happiest dog when Favor took her out. “She came running, very excited,” Mahnken said. “She drove straight into my car.” Ashley is thin and haggard. “Her ribs were all that was visible because she was so skinny. And the vet finally informed her that she was 25 pounds underweight.

They observed that Ashley also had cigarette burns on the top of her head. Because No More Pain Rescue had no physical shelter, Mahnken and Favor had to immediately place Ashley with a foster family. They were familiar with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and knew there was a dog at the Fort Pitt station. So Mahnken and Favor asked the firefighters if they could keep Ashley until they could find a suitable home for her.

Ashley seemed satisfied with this arrangement. “Her tail wags as soon as she walks into the fire station, and she hugs and greets everyone,” Mahnken added. “She was so excited. You wouldn’t expect it from where she comes from. You might think she would be a little nervous, but she wasn’t nervous at all.

It was no surprise when the fire department called Mahnken a few days later, asking to take care of Ashley. “’We’ll adopt him,’ they said. We are truly captivated by her. “She feels comfortable here,” Mahnken said. “So I’m very happy. And as soon as I got there with her, I knew she belonged there. Shley now works full-time at the fire station.

“She was always on the go — she ran errands with them, she rode on the fire truck with them,” Mahnken explained. “They take him for walks about 30 times a day. They took him to the roof to play. She was always in the kitchen watching them eat. She has an endless supply of snacks. She had a good life there.

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