Awful! There was no electricity in the house – it was freezing. No food, no water for her. The house was a disaster. The windows were broken, and there was feces all over the place.
In January 2017, New York-based animal rescue organization No More Pain Rescue received a call about a pit bull abandoned by her owners in a decrepit house.
The house had no electricity or heat, and so when a snowstorm hit New York, the dog’s owners left. They also left their poor dog Ashley in the freezing house. No More Pain Rescue’s co-founder, Erica Mahnken, and her fiancé Michael Favor quickly rushed over to the house to save Ashley. When they got to the house, Favor went inside to look for Ashley.
Favor found Ashley and brought her outside. Mahnken was shocked to see how skinny the poor dog was—she later found out that Ashley was 25 pounds underweight. She also had cigarette burns on her head. But even though the dog was in pain, she was still as joyful as could be. She ran up to Mahnken, tail wagging, and jumped straight into her car.
Mahnken and Favor wanted to get Ashley to a warm place as quickly as possible. She had friends at the New York City Fire Department’s Fort Pitt Station, and she knew they had had a station dog before. Mahnken called up Fort Pitt Station and asked if they would take Ashley in while Mahnken searched for a foster home. They agreed right away.