How would this older, isolated dog respond to strangers suddenly appearing at the squalid balcony?
"Not knowing the dog, we were a little bit nervous at first," she tells The Dodo. "The door to the patio was locked and I was like, 'Okay, are you ready for this?'"
"I opened it up," she continues. "There was another screen door. He jumped up on the screen door and was looking at us. When I opened it up, he literally grabbed ahold of me and my friend Nancy."
"It felt like he was hugging us."
Crankshaw was at the house near Springfield, Ohio, this week because a neighbor had reached out to her rescue, The Backyard Dog Project.
"They told us that the owner had been incarcerated around March 18, which meant the dog had been alone for three weeks," she says.
Once there, they found the dog trapped on a balcony and no water in sight.