Then someone from the neighborhood put down a box. Then a tarp. The dog crawled into the box. Still waiting, apparently, for the owner who will never return.
Sunday was a cold night. Neighbors hoped to coax the dog indoors. When they got close, he would growl or run away.
"We didn't want to stress him," Rovito explains. "So we put a lot more blankets in there."
Despite having no formal experience as a rescue, this neighborhood has been down this road before. Tenth Avenue and North River Drive butts up against a district known as Overtown, once notorious for drugs, crime and dog fights. It's still considered one of the poorest neighborhoods in the U.S.
And every now and then, a brutalized dog wanders into Rovito's neighborhood.
Like Charlie. A refugee from the fighting ring, Charlie showed up one day in 2014, his flesh lacerated, his soul shattered.
"He kind of wandered into the neighborhood with his neck and body all ripped up," he says.
Rovito and his neighbors started caring for Charlie, taking him to the vet, feeding him, giving him a place to sleep.
"Everything's out of pocket for us," he adds. "We're just dog lovers. We don't get donations or anything."
Just weeks later, a doctor in the neighborhood adopted Charlie.