Many animals are abandoned by their family; this was the tragic story of Ashley, a gentle pitbull puppy that happily found a new home in a New York City fire station in January 2017.
Erica Mahnken, co-founder of No More Pain Rescue, and her fiancé Michael Favor received a call regarding the situation: a dog abandoned at a house by her family.
They arrived to the location, only to discover that there was no electricity or warmth, leaving the small child to fend for herself.
A winter was sweeping across town, and Ashley’s family abandoned her to perish.
Erika and her boyfriend wanted to get Ashley somewhere warm as soon as possible, and they had friends at the New York City Fire Department Fort Pitt station, so Erika phoned the fire station and asked if they could keep Ashley while they looked for a place for her, and they agreed.
They couldn’t stop staring when they arrived at the residence to save the puppy.
Erika stated to The Dodo:
“Someone called and said there was a couple living in an abandoned house. They didn’t have heat or power, and they had a dog. I’m guessing they were hunting for a comfortable place to stay and left the dog behind.”
The woman waited in the car as her boyfriend went inside the house in search of Ashley; everything in the property was awful.
“We hurried to look for her as soon as we got the phone call; there was no power in the home, and it was quite chilly.” She didn’t have any food or drink. The house was a shambles. The windows were shattered, and there was excrement all around.”
Fortunately, Ashley was still alive and bouncing when Favor arrived.
Erika recalls the incident and recounts:
“She came racing, overjoyed, and hopped directly into my car.”
Ashley had cigarette marks on the top of her head and the dog was very weak and emaciated.
“All you could see were her ribs – she was tiny, and the vet eventually stated she weighed under 25 pounds.”
Ashley was overjoyed when they got to the fire station; she began wagging her tail and kissing all of the firefighters.
“As soon as he stepped into the fire station, his tail began to wag, and he began licking and waving at everyone; he was overjoyed.” You wouldn’t anticipate that from whence it comes. You’d think she’d be a bit nervous, but she wasn’t.”
The fireman named Erika fell in love with Ashley and chose to adopt her a few days after she arrived.
“‘Let’s adopt her,’ they urged. She is really special to us. She’s at ease here.’ So she was delighted, and as soon as she drove her there, I knew she belonged there.”