Ashley the Pit Bull is a beloved member of a Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) on the Lower East Side. She’s their official firehouse dog, but it wasn’t that long ago that she was in a very different environment. She was found by animal rescuers in a crack house in Staten Island, malnourished and covered in cigarette burns. She was left for at least two days without food, water, or anyone to care for her.
Animal rescue couple Erica Mahnken and Michael Favor got a call that a young pit bull was abandoned inside of a freezing cold and empty ‘crack house’ in the middle of winter in Staten Island.
After a few days, the firefighters contacted Mahnken and Favor and asked if they could keep Ashley, or Ash as the firefighters call her, as their official firehouse dog. Of course they agreed, and Ashley has since become the star of the FDNY. She loves to go on ride alongs and has her own spot on the firetruck. The friendly pup gets along with everybody, and she even has her own Instagram page where she’s getting plenty of love from fans. She’s putting on more weight and becoming a happy, healthy girl surrounded by her loving firefighter buddies.
“We didn’t ask any questions when the person called us and told us the dog was alone,” Mahnken said on an interview with CBS News. “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.”