Couple Erica Mahnken and Michael Favor found Ashley with cigarette burns and malnourished. Days before her rescue, Ashley was left without food or water. "We didn't ask any questions when the person called us and told us the dog was alone," Mahnken told CBS News.
"It was freezing out. There was nothing in the house ... 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."
Mahnken, Favor and their friend Lara Ribeiro started No More Pain Rescue. At the time they didn't have anywhere to foster Ashley, so they went to a fire station in the Lower East Side of Manhattan named "Fort Pitt."
Check out photos from Ashley's Instagram
Ashley the firehouse dog
Ashley the firehouse dog
Takin up- "hurry up LT I gotta 💩!!"
Watch those crumbs... I just swept the floor...👅 #fortpitt #pitbull #pittstreet #rescuepup #nyc #LES
Uncle FF Jim Murray knows the good spot!
Somebody tell this guy I'm not leavin until I see the goods! 🍗🍖🥓
Hey greenie, I'll take a toasted everything bagel with butter please
Reporting for doodie 💩... ready to ride...I got the woof! (Roof) ...sorry couldn't help it 🐶...#fortpitt #ladder18 #pittstreet #pittbull #rescuepup
🌞Suns out guns out 💪🏽...taking after my senior man @engineman15 (Mike Grieco)...working in the engine today ..I got enough slobber to put out any fire 🔥💦 #fortpitt #pittbull #engine15 #rescuepup
Hey cap! the rig is checked ready to go 🚒🔥🐾... I know I know..no bunker gear in the kitchen...
#Fortpitt #pitbull #pittstreet #rescuepup
That's not my good side. #pittlife #probylife #fortpitt #fdny #camera adds10pounds.
Thanks to all my friends and supporters for your kind words.. all this love ❤️is greatly appreciated!👅💦🐾.... now if you will excuse me I have to figure out how to get those blueberries while everyone is out on a call....🚒 #Fortpitt #pittstreet #pittbull #rescuepup #LES
Washing the truck with my fellow probies Kevin and Chris..Hey guys you missed a spot..gimme that brush! #Fortpitt #pittstreet #pittbull #rescuepup #LES 🐾🐶
I'm a very lucky pup to share a building with the great police officers of the #nypd7pct ..they do a great job keeping me and the neighborhood safe thanks @nypd!...oh and look they got me my own custom made police car! 😉🐾🐶
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Three days later, the firefighters of Fort Pitt asked to adopt Ashley. The rescue was overjoyed, and agreed. "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," Mahnken said. The firefighters, though, did not judge Ashley at all.
She loves hanging out in the firehouse kitchen, and even has her own space on the truck according to Mahnken. While Ashley was an unhealthy 25 pounds when the rescue found her, she's now a well-fed 50.