Dog rescued from the third story of an abandoned Detroit building

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A dog discovered alone and stranded on the upper floor of a dangerous, burned out, vacant building was stuck there for days until an effort was launched to free the pooch.

Leah Maddern passes the graffiti-covered abandoned building at the corner of 14th and Martin Luther King every day on her way to work. 

The eyesore is hard to miss, but what she saw on the third level had her refusing to turn away. 

"About a week and a half ago, I noticed the dog up on the third floor, scared," said Maddern.  "I called rescue groups, but didn't have any luck with that."

Maddern reached out to 7 Action News Reporter Ronnie Dahl.  Monday morning, two-legged heroes arrived at the vacant building to save the four-legged furry friend.

David McMurtrie with Pit Stop for Change showed up and faced danger to save the dog. "It was touchy because of the burned out building and holes in the floor."

Once David and the others were able to safely get the brown, boxer-mix dog out of the building safely, she was taken to the vet for evaluation. 

Despite where she came from, "Babz" - as the named her - was in pretty healthy shape. After further evaluation, the sweet-natured dog will be put up for adoption.

Learn more about the rescue effort 

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