When pressed, the women admitted the dogs belonged to them, but they were losing their home. They couldn't keep them.
And so, on September 2, 2015, Tay Tay and her daughter Holly exchanged their family for a kennel at the Southhold Animal Center in Long Island, New York.
"We took the dogs in and had them checked by a vet," shelter manager Gabby Stroup tells The Dodo. "Both had horrible skin infections and arthritis."
Eventually, their health improved, although both will always have "bumpy" skin from infections that had been left untreated for years.