Dog Abandoned By Family Is Adopted By Firefighters Who Saved Her
A dog who was left for dead now lives with her new family, the firefighters who saved her.
When Ashley the dog was rescued, she had been abandoned, malnourished and covered in cigarette burns.
Animal rescuers, Erica Mahnken and her fiancé, Michael Favor, had received a phone call to say that a dog was alone in a house. When they arrived at the house in Staten Island, New York, they found the one-year-old dog with no water, food or electricity.
Apparently when a snowstorm hit, her owners decided to leave the property.
Her head had cigarette burns all over it...
Speaking to CBS News, Erica said: "We didn't ask any questions when the person called us and told us the dog was alone,
"It was freezing out. There was nothing in the house. No, we didn't think about it -- we just ran and got her and said we'll figure out what we were going to do after we got her out of there."
The pair are two of the founders of No More Pain Rescue, but sadly they couldn't find anyone to rehome Ashley. They called up their friends at a fire department called Fort Pitt and asked them to look after her temporarily.
But three days later, they rang them back up and said they'd like to adopt her full-time.
Look how happy she is now!
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Erica explained: "My heart wants to explode.
"Everyone's so quick to judge a dog, especially a dog you don't know where it came from or what kind of person they are and what kind... It is very satisfying."
Now, Ashley hangs out at the firestation every day and has become a kind of honorary firefighter herself.
Just look how happy she is...
They give almost daily updates on her Instagram account, which has over 25,000 followers.
When Ashley was found, she was around 25lbs underweight, she now weighs around 50lbs and is so much happier and healthier.
"Whenever she's there her tail is wagging, she's super friendly and jumping on everybody," Erica added. "She's really loveable."
Well done to everyone involved in her rescue!
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