"I worked as I do right now, and Alvaro also helped with the costs through his different business affairs," Battle said. "We literally took from wherever we had in order to keep them homed."
Battle, Saumet and the dogs lived in the loft for four years. But they eventually realized they needed a bigger place.
As luck would have it, Battle inherited a 146-acre farm near Alajuela that had belonged to her grandfather.
"My husband said, 'Why don't we hire someone to go live at the farm and take care of the 100-odd dogs we had at home,'" Battle said.