For a year, concerned citizens had been trying to help an elderly woman who lived in their neighborhood in Washington state and who had become too overwhelmed to care for her animals.
"Nice neighbors were trying to help her, but she refused," Wendy Ogunsemore, communications director for Pasado's Safe Haven, told The Dodo.
But the woman's situation proved to be too much for her. She had a heart attack and was taken to an assisted living facility so she could get the help she needed for her own health.
Her house was left behind — and there were individuals inside who needed help too.