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NY: Pit bull rescued on SI gets new lease on life at firehouse

Discussion in 'Pit Bull News' started by Michele, Feb 21, 2017.

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    Pit bull rescued on Staten Island gets new lease on life at firehouse

    Staten Island resident Michael Favor and his fiance Erica Mahnken rescued a pit bull, Ashley, from a Port Richmond home. (Photo courtesy of Erica Mahnken)
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    [​IMG] By Mira Wassef | mwassef@siadvance.com Staten Island Advance
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    on February 21, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A recovering addict from Bulls Head says he gets his new high from rescuing animals.

    Michael Favor, 33, has saved baby goats from Arkansas and kicked in doors at Bronx homes to save dogs.

    "I found myself because of animals," said Favor, who says he's been sober for 11 months after being addicted to cocaine and alcohol since he was 21. "In the beginning of recovery, it was hard. Then I started getting involved in rescuing, and it was helpful.

    "That's my new high."

    On Jan. 9, Favor and his fiance, Erica Mahnken, said they found a neglected and abused pit bull in a Port Richmond "crackhouse."

    The pup was abandoned and left without food or water for at least two days, they said. She was 25 pounds underweight and had cigarette burns on her head, according to Mahnken, who is the co-founder of No More Pain Rescue.

    "There was no heat or electric," Mahnken said. "It was disgusting."

    "The house had broken windows, the stairs were falling down and there was (feces) everywhere," Favor said. "I went into the house and I called her and she ran right to me."

    The couple then took the pit bull straight to Engine 15/Ladder 18 firehouse on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, where Favor's best friend is a firefighter.

    The pup instantly bonded with the firemen, and they adopted her a few days later.

    They named her Ashley, but call her "Ash" for short.

    "I'm super glad she's there and in a firehouse with a ton of people who love her," Mahnken said. "She's super friendly and loves everybody."

    Ash, who is now weighs 50 pounds, seems to have adjusted well to her new surroundings at the firestation on Pitt Street.

    According to the dog's Instagram page, @probyash, which is run by the firehouse, Ash is seen playing with firefighters, riding on the truck and hanging in out in the kitchen while some of the Bravest cook.

    "From the crackhouse to the firehouse. Life is good," her bio on the social media site reads.

    When he gets the chance, Favor, a carpenter, visits Ash at the firehouse.

    "It's really rewarding to see them come out of hell and be happy," he said.

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