Erica and Mahnken and her fiancé, Michael Favor, founders of No More Pain Rescue, found a pit bull in an abandoned “crack house” in Staten Island, New York. The poor dog was severely malnourished and covered in cigarette burns.
The dog was without water, food, or power for at least two days and was probably extremely terrified. The couple immediately drove to the house to rescue the pup who was all alone in the freezing house.
They didn’t have anywhere to house the dog at the time, so they called up friends of theirs who were firefighters at a FDNY station called “Fort Pitt.” They agreed to temporarily take the dog in, but after a few days, they fell in love with her.
The firefighters then called up Mahnken and Favor and asked if they could adopt the dog. Of course they said yes! Ashley is now the new official firehouse dog! She loves hanging out with her new firefighter friends, and she even gets to go on ride-alongs with them when they respond to a fire.
The firefighters helped Ashley recover. When she was found, she weighed only 25 pounds. Now, she’s a whopping 50 pounds and is doing great!
You can follow Ashley on her Instagram account.
Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.
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